Assuming a fair trade between the IP you contribute and the capital China offers, and assuming a legitimate IP protection regime, what roadblocks still remain before Chen’s big idea has hopes of becoming reality?
The first problem is export restrictions that still exist between the United States and China. “We need to be mindful of that,” said Chen.
A bigger issue, however, could be a shortage of management skills. Chen said, “We need ‘cross-border’ entrepreneurs.” Because the money is in China and China expects the investment to be made there, China is unlikely to invest directly in U.S,-based startups. However, there are exceptions, said Chen, such as the Chinese investment in a UCLA incubator and an electric car battery company in the United States.
What’s badly needed is a “talent” who can track and follow the flow of Chinese money into the United States and manage it well, he explained. “We need someone who can cross the barriers of linguistic, legal and cultural differences, then connect the dots between the U.S. and China and be a hands-on project manager.”
Chen noted that Israel, for example, has successfully transferred technology to China in a number of different projects. One good example of Israeli IP and venture capital injected into Chinese technology companies is the China Wafer Level CSP Co. (WLCSP), Ltd. in SuZhou, China.
WLCSP established its fab in SuZhou in order to use a packaging technology licensed in 2004 from the Israeli packaging startup Shellcase.
Shellcase's technology can be used generally for integrated circuits but is associated primarily with packaging images sensors. Many chips packaged with this wafer-level method are used in cell phones, digital cameras, fax machines, digital scanners, CD/DVD portable units, linear sensors, bar code readers and toys.
After digesting the
Shellcase technology from Israel, WLCSP’s Chinese plant developed
several packaging process patents of its own, to help achieve a vision
of "China-created products” rather than just "China manufactured
Chen poses this as an ideal example of “an international startup,” which has succeeded in milking the China market.
Honestly, I fairly enjoy the statement, “But I must say that a ‘bubble’ is, in a way, the only way for the sector to grow. Without it, it’s harder to get more funding.”
Bubble is inevitable in Market Economy. Professor Chen honestly puts it to be an incentive for capital investment.
In today's global economy, ability to communicate in multi-cultural environment is a crucial skill. Professor Chen hits the point quite well - "not only bilingual but also bi-cultural". Chinese studying/ working in US might be a good choice. Question is what is the incentive program to attract these talents.
On the other hands, the detail of protecting the IP has to be layout properly and agreed between 2+ universities.
Hi Junko, quite interesting read, thank you!
I have to question the premise of proliferating western IP in China as stated in: "connect Western IPs with capital and markets in China." Seems to me that this is not a major setback for US/Western IP generated in the universities. A good majority of the funded research on which IP is generated is funded by the governments and has many restrictions on release to foreign governments. Commercially funded ones are already monetized by the sponsoring companies -often maximized by manufacturing overseas including China!
Of course I agree it could be maximized by what Prof. Chen aspires to do. I hope his efforts bear fruit.
And I have to echo @chanj's comment above -communicating in a multicultural setting is a work-in-progress!
Hi Junko, one more thing... isn't Prof. Chen's efforts also better served if he can find a model for technology transfer for the IP generated in China to industries worldwide, not just the west? It would be something other developing economies can emulate...
I think the fact is that many universities -- whether in the West or in China do have a lot of IPs that are NOT monetizd. Some are probably not worth much but others do languish without proper home.
I think an active effort such as this one could be helpful for both the West and the East. But of course, as you also pointed out, there are always human factors...being bilingual and bicultural is not as easy as it sounds.
@resistion: I agree, the underlying assumption to my comments above is that persons like Prof. Chen are capable of making that assessment in offering a monetize-able IP portfolio to the industry. Many universities in fact hire professionals from the industry to lead technology transfer program.
So how does one square this article with the more recent one titled "Forget fighting Chinese counterfeiting," by Brian Fuller? Simply saying that protecting IP rights is the goal of the Chinese government hardly solves the problem, apparently, according to lot that's been reported lately.
It seems to me that it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. You either don't monetize it in the West, due to this suppose lack of VC funds, or you ship it off to China and see it being blatantly copied there.
Why wouldn't we expect western universities to conclude this as well?
the professor has a strange philosophy: since i am going to rape you, why dont you become my concubine and make it legal or permanent? what has this country become? didn't china invent a lot things, compass, gun powder, printing and paper. where is the fucking self-esteem. professor? yak.
Monetizing IPs are extremely tedious and difficult process. For most academic researchers, their pay-offs are their name on the paper they've submitted to conference. Once the papers ware accepted in the conferences, their job is done. Who's going to fill the gaps between here and there...
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