I'd like to shift comment focus from what might make China's status as innovator less likely to what might make it more likely. The items listed in the article feel to me to be right on track; FDA regulation has gotten a lot of deserved attention of late for its [too] stringent and [too] costly regulatory processes. Also, China's primary emphasis should indeed probably be on products that emphasize value and cost-effectiveness so as to reach a large percentage of what has been an underserved population.
It is true IP protection is difficult in many countries, getting IP protection in China is truly difficult. Lots of mainland companies are looking for a shortcut to market and the easiest way is to copy.
No matter, the writing is on the wall. China graduates more engineers now than most countries and the road to growth points to higher value-added products which will require IP protection.
It is relatively difficult to protect IP in any emerging countries. A government in those countries are usually hand tied. They would have difficult time to balance the effort to all the necessary developments which include education and economic. There is no doubt that if the lack of IP protection prolongs, the country will get hurt. It's not just coming from external but also within the country. We will see how long the current situation persist and how all the emerging governments build the IP protection infrastructure. infrastructure.
uh,,, china is tighten up IP protection recently.
One obvious sign is all the free american tv shows on youku.com are disappearing.
One has to dig harder to find some free stuff like CSI.
and some recent chinese movies are getting several weeks without online copy and profiting huge amount.
So the hottest bussiness in china now is movie industry.
Lack of IP protection measures is hurting China very badly. Recently there was report that Chinese Company which setup its business center in US wasn't given warm welcome, possible reason was said to be lack of IP protection measures by chinese Govt. Its high time Chinese government should do something about this.