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Can China Stay Ahead in the Global Patent Race?


  • Naubahar Sharif

    (Associate Professor, Division of Social Science and Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)


Professor Naubahar Sharif, Faculty Associate at the Institute, offers insights on the high value of Chinese Patent. Quadic" patents add a fourth country to the global (OECD) standard of triadic patents: where companies file for patents in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. China has become the default fourth country in quadic patent filings made by multinational corporations. To secure its position among the U.S., European, and Japanese patent offices in quadic patents, China must enhance its intellectual property rights protection regime.

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  • Naubahar Sharif, 2018. "Can China Stay Ahead in the Global Patent Race?," HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Brief Series 2018-24, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, revised Oct 2018.
  • Handle: RePEc:hku:briefs:201824

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    1. Can Huang & Naubahar Sharif, 2016. "Global technology leadership: The case of China," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 43(1), pages 62-73.
    2. Huang, Can & Jacob, Jojo, 2014. "Determinants of quadic patenting: Market access, imitative threat, competition and strength of intellectual property rights," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 85(C), pages 4-16.
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