Is the Dragon Learning to Fly? An Analysis of the Chinese Patent Explosion

The University of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2011/16

35 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011

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Markus Eberhardt

University of Nottingham - Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP)

Christian Helmers

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Zhihong Yu

University of Nottingham - Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP)

Date Written: November 29, 2011

Abstract

This paper analyses characteristics of the recent explosion of patent filings by Chinese firms both domestically and in the United States. We construct a firm-level dataset by matching USPTO and SIPO patents to Chinese manufacturing census data for 1999-2006. Using this integrated dataset we show that the patent explosion is accounted for by a tiny, highly select group of Chinese companies in the ICT equipment industry. Our analysis further suggests that firms patenting in both the US and China are younger, larger and more export-oriented than firms patenting exclusively in China.

Keywords: China, firms, patents

JEL Classification: L25, O12

Suggested Citation

Eberhardt, Markus and Helmers, Christian and Yu, Zhihong, Is the Dragon Learning to Fly? An Analysis of the Chinese Patent Explosion (November 29, 2011). The University of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2011/16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1965963

Markus Eberhardt (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham - Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) ( email )

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Christian Helmers

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business ( email )

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Santa Clara, CA California 95053
United States

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid ( email )

CL. de Madrid 126
Madrid, Madrid 28903
Spain

Zhihong Yu

University of Nottingham - Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

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