China's IP in Foreign Eyes

  • The boss of the Chinese internet firm Alibaba, Jack Ma, has told US businesses that his company wanted to help small US businesses sell their wares in China.  Alibaba already accounts for 80% of all Chinese online consumer shopping and is looking to expand abroad. Mr. Ma said he eventually wanted40% of sales to come from outside China.
    ——Alibaba boss Jack Ma in US charm offensive, by BBC
    Alibaba's growth highlights the challenges for Chinese companies. As an international business-to-business marketplace, Alibaba has made charm offensive by its outstanding IP innovation and culture. Thus, Alibaba may just be the first of a new wave of international Chinese brands.

  • China's heyday as the "world's factory" is fading as labor costs rise and export demand has faded. To address that and other challenges, the world's second-largest economy has unveiled a plan to beef up its presence as a global manufacturing power. "Made in China 2025".
    ——World's Factory Aims for Upgrade With "Made in China 2025", by VOA News
    The campaign focuses on a host of problems, including a lack of high-quality goods or strong international brands. The model that China has pursued over the last 30 years, which had a major element of export-oriented production based on low labor costs, will not be sustainable. It aims to move China higher up the manufacturing chain by focusing more on innovation and cutting-edge technology.

  • Netflix is in discussions with a handful of Chinese media companies to explore how it can bring its streaming service to China, a development that has the potential to increase its subscriber counts but also faces significant challenges.
    ——Netflix Said to Be in Early Talks With Chinese Companies, The New York Times
    Netflix is seeking to bolster its international presence after experiencing slowing growth in the United States. As regards the huge potential and competition of market in China, the first aiming at China is reasonably an important part of Netflix's broader quest to expand to the world. 

  • China's Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, has reported a 20% rise in full-year revenues. Revenues for the year to the end of March rose to $46.3bn, with the firm's mobile phone business contributing some $9.14bn of the total.
    ——China's Lenovo sees full-year revenues rise 20%, BBC News
    Lenovo's revenues have been helped by the purchase of Motorola in 2014, which has made it the world's third-largest smartphone maker. Lenovo bought Motorola and IBM's low-end server unit last year in an attempt to diversify beyond the PC business. All these shows Lenovo is trying to reform for a new breakthrough.

  • If Apple were simply a hardware-maker, there would be reason to worry. It is losing market share to rivals such as Samsung of South Korea and Xiaomi of China, which make cheaper devices, and to Google's Android operating system, which runs on 71% of the world's smartphones.
    ——Apple's future: Reluctant reformation, by Economist
    Innovation and reform has always been the ladder of development and progress for enterprise. In the global smartphone market, Samsung and Xiaomi meet opportunity as technology innovators, and create enormous pressure to Apple on smartphone market, undoubtedly a big hit to those who stick to the market without further innovation.

  • Huawei has unveiled its latest flagship phones with cameras that it says are capable of creating "professional" looking photos and videos. The firm said a mix of an advanced sensor and optical image stabilisation tech offered superior night photos and the ability to create "light painting" effects with real-time previews.
    ——Huawei says P8 phones have 'professional' camera features, by BBC News
    According to the statistics of WIPO in 2014, ranking the first on the list of the most PCT patents application enterprises, Huawei is undoubtedly the leader of the smartphone makers in China. Huawei's effort to differentiate a great-looking device from the sea of similar smartphones is the real reason that Western consumers still perceive it as being a "value-for-money brand".

  • Some are already making the leap, with Hebei Steel Group, looking to build a 5-million-tonne-per-year steel project under a joint venture in Africa. Beijing has already rolled out measures to broadly encourage the foreign expansion of Chinese industry including simplifying currency rules and making it easier to raise money through bond markets, with sectors such as nuclear at the forefront of the drive overseas.
    ——China steel firms turn overseas as domestic woes mount, by the Economist.
    As the world's No.2 economy entity, China does not lose its developing momentum. Following the pace of nuclear industry, China's steel mills appear to be obvious candidates for overseas expansion. Investing abroad will not only have positive impact on Chinese steelmakers in seeking new growth, but also be a main solution to improve China's economic.

  • We believe more and more Chinese consumers would be willing to pay more for food with healthy attributes in order to keep fit. Some local brands have been using that as a selling point to challenge their international rivals. Drinks maker Jiaduobao, which is challenging Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo, claims its canned herbal tea drink can put out internal "fires", in a nod to traditional Chinese medicine. hat is something we are advising clients to do a lot more, and it's something you're going to see more of going forward.
    ——Health-conscious Chinese challenge Western food firms, by Reuters.
    With the economy developing, health has become the number one concern of Chinese consumers, and premium brands have always been concerned about. Never before have brands changed so fast and fundamentally as in China. Chinese consumers are making new demands of international food brands, posing challenges for Western firms already grappling with slower sales and intense competition in the world's most populous nation.

  • Aided by foreign technology acquired during three decades of development, China has the highest number of reactors being built and ambitions to export its home-grown models to an overseas market worth hundreds of billions of dollars.Reflecting the obstacles of breaking into a market dominated by the likes of France's Areva and Russia's Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corp., Beijing is encouraging consolidation to cut internal rivalry and pool intellectual property and financial resources.
    ——"Made in China" nuclear reactors a tough sell in global market, by Reuters
    Intellectual property right is a core advantage for the development of China's nuclear power. China still has huge amounts of work to do before it can become a nuclear powerhouse, including rolling out Hualong I and other models with full intellectual property rights at home. China needs to show it has wonderful intellectual property right to sell its new designs abroad.

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