Intellectual Property Rights and Patenting in China's High‐Technology Industries: Does Ownership Matter?

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Chih‐Hai Yang

National Central University - Department of Economics

Chun‐Chien Kuo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eric D. Ramstetter

Asian Growth Research Institute; Kyushu University - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: September‐October 2011

Abstract

This paper aims to systematically investigate the impacts of strengthening intellectual property rights on patenting in China's high‐technology industries and to explore the potential differences in response to patent reform by ownership. Empirical results show that the estimated patent elasticity of R&D is lower than that for OECD countries, indicating relatively low R&D productivity for China's high‐technology industries. The direct innovation effect of technology imports is negative, while the absorptive ability embodied in R&D helps in gaining external sources of knowledge, thus contributing to innovations. Specifically, strengthening intellectual property rights can induce more innovations in terms of patents in China's high‐technology industries and is particularly relevant to foreign‐owned high‐technology enterprises.

Keywords: ownership, patent, R&D, technology import, O32, O34

Suggested Citation

Yang, Chih-Hai and Kuo, Chun‐Chien and Ramstetter, Eric D., Intellectual Property Rights and Patenting in China's High‐Technology Industries: Does Ownership Matter? (September‐October 2011). China & World Economy, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 102-122, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1939677 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-124X.2011.01261.x

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