Innovation and Intellectual Property in China
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Innovation and Intellectual Property in China

Strategies, Contexts and Challenges

Edited by Ken Shao and Xiaoqing Feng

China is evolving from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy, but the delicate context behind this change has not been properly understood by foreign governments, companies and lawyers. This book is an insightful response to ill-conceived notions of, and mis-assumptions regarding, the Chinese innovation economy. It represents an effort to marry a variety of “insiders’ perspectives” from China, with the analysis of international scholars.
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Chapter 3: Implementation of China’s rejuvenation through knowledge

Yang Lihua


Although China once had brilliant achievements in science and technology, it lags far behind Western countries in modern times. Since the People’s Republic of China (‘the P.R. China’) was founded in 1949, the nation has attempted to overcome various challenges in its own development. In China today, the respect for and pursuit of knowledge and innovation are embodied in a set of laws, regulations and policies categorized into intellectual property or innovation, promotion of science and technology, education reform, talents cultivation, the protection of intellectual property rights and so on. All of these sail under the flag of ‘relying on knowledge to rejuvenate China’. This chapter provides a brief review of the P.R. China’s rejuvenation-through-knowledge policies, laws and practices. Part 1 outlines the relevant thoughts of China’s political leaders since the founding of new China. Part 2 discusses China’s policy framework of relying on knowledge to rejuvenate the nation in science and technology, human resources, education and intellectual property. Part 3 briefly covers the legal system of rejuvenating China relying on knowledge. Part 4 discusses the implementation of laws and policies on relying on knowledge to rejuvenate China, and points out some achievements China has made, and the problems needed to be overcome. The conclusion points out that China’s laws and policies on relying on knowledge to rejuvenate the nation change with time, the transformation of national economic systems and the change of the situations at home and abroad.

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