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China’s Patent Record Won’t Travel

Rich Belgard
11/24/2016 01:40 AM EST

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jreuter809
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Don't forget the other side of the coin
jreuter809   12/5/2016 4:21:39 PM
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The huge number of filings can also be used for protectionism.  US companies don't file most patents internationally to avoid the cost.  If Chinese companies get coverage within China, it could be used to block imports of "infringing" products.  I'm aware of at least one patent suit by a large Chinese tech company against a US company's product based on Chinese patents.  The technology involved is fairly old news and covered by US patents but the US company didn't have Chinese patents for it.  Of course, the Chinese company could not export to the US without infringing, but maybe that isn't the goal.

 

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Re: Can't Patent Copied IP
Ravishankar_#1   11/28/2016 2:04:50 AM
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@Belgard, I agree with many of your statements. I interact with a lot of Chinese companies and I feel the same way. 

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Belgard   11/25/2016 5:52:39 PM
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Interesting take.  I just got back from a highly technical IEEE/ACM computer microarchitecture conference in Taipei, Micro-49.  I have to say, the Chinese researchers that predominated the conference program hadn't copied any of their work as far as I, or the huge program commitee, could tell.  Their work was original and very skilled.  One could argue that last century, or perhaps even later, some Chinese companies may have copied existing technology.  I think that era has come and gone, and pretty soon I suspect, as happened with the Japanese, they will be the innovators, and we will be the marketers.    

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Can't Patent Copied IP
spike_johan   11/25/2016 12:11:12 PM
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I would hazard to guess why the 96% of the 2015 Chinese patents weren't pursued outside China is that the technology was copied from others.

The Chinese as everyone knows places no cultural recognition on IP. This begs the question of why the Chinese even have an internal patent office.

And the larger question your article raises is what is going to happen when Chinese companies start marketing their wares in the west using misappropriated IP; if that is even possible.

I've recently read that the top three Chinese smartphone manufacturers are now seriously courting India with huge advertising budgets as the local Chinese market is saturated. BTW - Apple is the only foreign company in the smartphone top five in China; the worlds largest market. (I am told Samsung is absent in China because it is not recognized as a luxury brand like Apple.)

But now that smartphone sales have peaked in China, where do Chinese manufacturers go after India?

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