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China's Strategies on Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Standards, and Innovation

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In the thirty years since China began to reform and open its economy, China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) landscape has become a complex, multifaceted, and contentious environment. At the same time, Chinese perspectives are influencing the global discourse on IPR, and domestic policies related to intellectual property, standards, and innovation are increasingly affecting international trade. Given the vital importance of these issues to the future of the global economy, there is a need for greater understanding of China’s evolving policies and their implications for U.S. interests in the region.

Since the mid-1990s, NBR has been at the forefront of analyzing and researching China’s IPR regime and industrial policies, including technology standards, innovation policy, and intellectual property protection. Drawing from a comprehensive network of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, NBR analyzes these important issues and informs U.S. and Chinese leaders on policy implications through high-level briefings, conferences, reports, workshops, and working papers.


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High-Tech Standards Wars, Mobile Communications, and China’s Strategies

Tomoo Marukawa (University of Tokyo) examines the global competition to dominate standards for mobile communications. He reviews the history of competition, the impact of technological advancements, and how Chinese strategies fit into this changing picture.

China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China

In this July 2011 NBR Special Report, Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao offer an assessment of China’s evolving approach to intellectual property rights and the implications for U.S. stakeholders, including insights into the relationship between China’s intellectual property strategy and its indigenous innovation policies. The report is also available in Chinese.

Chinese Innovation: Implications for the United States

In May 2012, Strategic Asia author Richard P. Suttmeier testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s approach to science and technology innovation and the implications for the United States. His remarks outline the model’s achievements and shortcomings to date. Access his testimony and hearing materials.

The Impending Tide of Chinese Investment in the United States

While global FDI to the United States has languished in recent years, Chinese investment has risen sharply. Robert A. Kapp, a renowned expert on U.S.-China business relations, examines the opportunities and challenges presented by this emerging trend.

China’s Evolving Intellectual Property Landscape with Richard P. Suttmeier

In April 2011, the Slade Gorton International Policy Center and the Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies hosted a roundtable discussion on China’s Evolving Intellectual Property Landscape with featured guest Dr. Richard P. Suttmeier. The discussion was moderated by former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. Access event audio.

Working Papers Published as Part of NBR’s China Standards and Innovation Policy Project

Four working papers have been published as part of the NBR–East-West Center joint initiative "China's Standards and Innovation Policy in the Global Knowledge Economy: Core Issues for China and the U.S." The initiative is part of NBR’s ongoing effort to inform U.S. and Chinese leaders about the policy implications of China’s approach to standards and the relationship between standards and innovation.

2009 Workshop – Standards and Innovation Policy in the Global Knowledge Economy: Core Issues for China and the United States

In 2009, top global specialists assembled in Beijing to examine the international dimension of China's standards and innovation policy and the challenge of reconciling national policies with international standards. Read more about the 2009 workshop.

Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China’s Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy

This October 2008 report by Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier, and Jun Su examines the relationship between technology and innovation and assesses China's efforts to develop its own technology standards, including the implications and prospects for success of China’s standards initiatives. The report is also available in Chinese.

Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China’s National Standards Strategy

Co-authored by Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao, and Alex Tan, this June 2006 report examines both China’s growing interest in high-technology standards and its efforts to craft a national standards strategy, with insights into the implications for international cooperation with China on standards.

China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism

In this May 2004 report, Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao review the origins and motivations for China’s standards strategy and examine the operation of China’s standards regime, with particular reference to standards for wireless devices and software. These efforts are also considered in the context of China's accession to the WTO.

2007 Conference - Technical Standards and Innovation in China: Public Policy and the Role of Stakeholders

Co-organized by NBR and Tsinghua University in Beijing, this October 2007 conference addressed the relationship between stakeholders, standards development, and innovation in China, building on NBR's groundbreaking research on intellectual property and standards development in China.

2006 Conference - China’s Technology Standards Policy: Implications for the U.S. and China

In January 2006, NBR sponsored a bilateral workshop at Beijing’s Tsinghua University that featured papers both from Chinese and American researchers as well as critical comments from representatives of Chinese, American, and European companies and governments.