Title

Intellectual Property Laws, Technology Flows, and Licensing Opportunities in the People's Republic of China

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

This study explores the interrelationship between intellectual property (IP) law and technology transfer via licensing activity in China. In the absence of patent, trademark, design and utility model laws, and their effective enforcement, advanced country firms will be rarely willing to license technology to developing countries. The enactment and enforcement of such laws in developing countries, therefore, should result in greater international IP flows from advanced nation firms seeking to exploit market opportunities by exporting, licensing and direct foreign investment. Within just 20 years, China has moved from viewing IP as public property to having in place a raft of modern IP legislation. We relate these changes to the upsurge in IP activity in China since 1985, both in aggregate and by country of origin, and to technology flows from Japan and the USA. We then discuss remaining weaknesses in China's legislative framework and enforcement procedures.

Required Publisher Statement

Reprinted under the permission of the International Business Review.

Editor

Li, J. T.

Publisher

Pergamon/Elsevier

City

Amsterdam

ISBN

9780080439334

Publication Information

Managing International Business Ventures in China

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