Patent Laws and Innovation in China
AbstractThis paper explores whether the patent law and intellectual property rights (IPR) system have resulted in innovation in China during the reform period. It appears that the patent laws have produced a stock of patents, where the success rates of patent applications are fairly uniform across the country. As the IPR framework does not vary across provinces, we asked which factors would explain innovation in China. We find the main determinants of patents to be R&D expenditure and foreign direct investment, but not the number of researchers, though the level of human capital matters. We conclude that the patent laws in China have been associated with innovation that has accompanied economic growth despite imperfections in the legal system.
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Intellectual Property Rights; Patent Laws; Law and Economics; Innovation; Economic Growth; China;
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- O34 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
- K29 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Other
- O4 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
- O53 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
- K19 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Other
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