Intellectual Property and Innovation: A Case Study of High-Tech Industries in China
Oregon Review of International Law, 2011, Vol. 13, 263
42 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2019 Last revised: 19 Apr 2019
Date Written: February 5, 2011
This paper explores the relationship between intellectual property and innovation through the case study of high-tech industries in China including biotech, pharmaceutical, computer software, telecommunications, automobile, and green technology. Based on such a case study, an overview of the theoretical debates on the role of IP in innovation, and a comparison between China and the United States in IP protection of innovation, the paper concludes that IP does play some roles in developing countries with high-tech capacity; IP may not be crucial for generating inventions, but it is indispensable for commercialization; the role of IP varies in different industries and technological sectors; IP is still relatively under-protected in China.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Innovation, Patent, Technology Transfer, Commercialization
JEL Classification: K39
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