China's IP in Foreign Eyes

  • Wandering the streets of Shanghai to admire the architecture, the head of one of the largest U.S. consumer banks recently found himself surrounded by a gaggle of teenagers. Entranced by their phones, they hardly made way for the banker. The teens were messaging, shopping and sending money back and forth, all without cash. Instead, they were using Alipay and WeChat. The future of consumer payments may not be designed in New York or London but in China.

    ——Why China's Payment Apps Give U.S. Bankers Nightmares, by Bloomberg News


    Convenient operation is people's first impression of mobile payment, followed by strong social interaction and gradual improvement of security coefficient. Thanks to innovative models and products, mobile payment can quickly open up market in China and go global.

  • China's booming start-up scene has become as much a feature of its top-tier cities as traffic and smog. There are plenty of homegrown success stories to inspire them. Where Chinese youth once worshipped at the altar of Steve Jobs, now they look to emulate Jack Ma, Robin Li, and Lei Jun, the founders of e-commerce firm Alibaba, the search engine Baidu, and the phone manufacturer Xiaomi. 

    ——How China's Tech Revolution Threatens Silicon Valley, by The Atlantic

    China is home to passionate entrepreneurship. Every burgeoning company depends on lots of innovative talents with dreams. Only when we constantly deepen the reform of talent development system, optimize intellectual property system and motivate them from business operation can we keep innovative talents float.

  • For decades, Chinese consumers have prized foreign brands, thinking that products made by American or European companies indicated higher quality than domestic. Increasingly, that's no longer the case. The Chinese smartphone market is dominated by domestic companies - Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Apple is the only foreign brand in the top five, but it has lost significant ground to the domestic brands in recent years. It is believed that the rise of domestic smartphone companies is attributable both to a closing gap in perceived quality and because smartphones serve their users better when they rely on local service, local software, local support, and local data. 

    ——Chinese consumers don't idealize American products the way they used to, by Business Insider

    In recent years, thanks to their excellent quality and service, Chinese home-grown brands have won the reputation in the market. This fully indicates that as long as we rely on innovation and put enough efforts, the Chinese brands can compete with the famous brands in the world.

  • "Anywhere they play in Bangkok, I'll be there," said Warin Nithihiranyakul, 73, a dedicated fan of the Sai Yong Hong Chinese Opera troupe for more than 10 years. They are part of a shrinking community of people that has formed around Chinese opera in Thailand. They are preserving a cornerstone of culture heritage dating to the Tang Dynasty, making it one of the oldest dramatic art forms in the world. 

    ——We Don't Perform for People, We Perform for the Gods, by the Wall Street Journal


    As an international rule and system, IP can break down many geographical limitations. Thanks to the IP protection, the intangible cultural heritage has obtained a universal amulet.

  • Xiaomi, the Chinese gadget maker that has become one of the world's largest smartphone companies, has picked Hong Kong to list its shares in what is widely expected to be a major initial public offering. The company stumbled two years ago as other Chinese companies, like Huawei and Oppo, began turning out phones at competitive prices. Since then, Xiaomi has refurbished its lineup and begun an expansion into India and other new markets. 

    ——Xiaomi, a Chinese Start-Up, Picks Hong Kong for a Major I.P.O, by the New York Times


    Amidst the changeable global market, the Chinese smartphone producer should not regard its cheap price of the products as competitive power. Instead, they should beef up R&D to build cut-edging technology on the basis of constantly innovation.

  • At its huge campus south of Beijing, JD is testing a new store that relies on computer vision and sensors on the shelves to know when items have been taken. The system tracks shopping without tagging products with chips. Payment, which for now still happens at a kiosk, is done with ficial recognition. JD and Alibaba both plan to sell their systems to other retailers and are working on additional checkout technologies. 

    ——Retailers Race Against Amazon to Automate Stores, by the New York Times


    Thanks to the innovation, our life is changing rapidly, no matter in cutting-edge aerospace technology or the retailing industry. That is the charm of innovation.

  • Chinese scientists have been testing a prototype of an ultra-high-speed train that could potentially travel faster than an aeroplane. The cutting-edge model, called 'Super Maglev', is expected to reach 1,000km/h (620mph) under ideal condition - nearly three times faster than the current bullet trains in China - according to the Chinese state media. 

    ——Inside China's lab for 'super trains': Scientists use a futuristic loop to test maglev trains that 'could travel faster than a PLANE', by Daily Mail


    The maglev trains will profoundly change people's lives. IPR plays an important role in the development of this field. Innovation will make the maglev train become China's a new name card.

  • The global race to own 5G technology is on — and China is winning. That's according to a report released Monday by CTIA, a trade association for the US wireless industry. The study found that China is most prepared to launch the next generation of super-fast wireless technology. "China holds a narrow lead in the race to 5G thanks to a combination of industry momentum and government support," the CTIA report said. 

    ——China is beating the United States in the race for 5G, by CNN

    Today, the 5G is about to enter the world's stage. The rise of 5G technology has brought the mobile Internet industry a historic opportunity. Chinese enterprises need to improve their independent innovation capability, and lay a solid foundation for the increasingly fierce market competition with the patent layout strategy.

  • China 2025 is a project announced in 2015 that sets out to invest in a number of targeted sectors to move China up the value chain in advanced manufacturing and high tech sectors. China 2025 specifically targets 10 sectors that are supposed to form part of the so called fourth industrial revolution; information technology, high-end machinery and robotics, aerospace, marine equipment and ships, advanced rail transport, new-energy vehicles, electric power, agricultural machinery, new materials, and bio-medical. In addition, China has more recently also made plans for getting ahead in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    ——The U.S.-China race to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution, by Seeking Alpha


    China 2025 serves an important measure to help China upgrade economic and move towards a country with innovators. The IPR-reliant products and enjoying international competitiveness will become the foundation of China's participation in the new industrial revolution. China's role in the revolution will be even brighter.

  • As biotech has gone from strength to strength over the past four decades, China has been a backwater for the industry, tending to follow the west rather than pursuing its own innovations. The Chinese companies are determined to become leaders in this. These treatments have the potential to be highly disruptive to medicine and I think they view it as a unique opportunity as new contenders to spring to the forefront of the biotech industry.

    ——Healthcare: Cancer breakthrough leads China's biotech boom, by Financial Times


    In recent years, China's innovation power has been reflected by the booming of biotech in its market. IPR protection in turn serves a strong underpinner for the upgrading of such technology.

  • In many ways, smart ride-sharing conveys the essence of China's IoT transformation: It draws on Chinese traditions while integrating advanced technologies in novel and unexpected ways. I was struck by signs all around that China is no longer a tech imitator — it has matured into a tech innovator, solidifying its place as an IoT leader.

    ——What We Can Learn From China About IoT, by Forbes


    Innovation is the primary force driving development. Based on its innovation power, China is becoming the leader in many fields around the world. As the basic guarantee of protecting innovation, IPRs effectively promote innovation and socio-economic development.

  • In December 2001 when China joined the WTO, the government was keen to transition from being a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy. This large step forward (as opposed to great leap) would be fuelled by expanding China's domestically owned intellectual property.

    ——Why China is a leader in intellectual property, The Conversation


    The Chinese government always attaches great importance to IPR protection. Thanks to a series of effective measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of innovators, the world has witnessed China's determination in strengthening IPR protection.

  • It has been hailed for centuries in China as a cure for coughing, but Pipa Tangjiang - a sweet tasting syrup that was first discovered in the Qing dynasty - has failed to make much of an impact abroad. But now the herbal remedy is riding a wave of popularity in the United States thanks to New Yorkers' love of sharing new healthcare fads.

    ——The Chinese herbal cough syrup that has taken New York by storm, by The Daily Telegraph


    Pipa Tangjiang represents a typical traditional Chinese medicine and the crystallization of Chinese people's wisdom. In recent years, traditional Chinese medicine has successfully entered overseas market and well recieved by people all over the world. In this process, we should beef up IP protection by filing the international patent application, thus contributing to the development of global health fairs.

  • Thanks to China's digital revolution, advances in farming and billions of dollars spent on thousands of miles of new highways and railways, Chinese people away from the biggest cities are responding. Many of China's more remote areas are catching up to rich metropolises and connecting to the broader economy in ways they had not before, with potential long-term benefits for the Chinese economy and the world.

    ——China's Next Potential Boom Spot: The Places People Overlook, by The Wall Street Journal


    IPR serves as underpinner for industry upgrading in both metropolises and remote areas of China. It is indispensable to beef up IP protection and bolster agricultural innovation in the course of urbanization.

  • Amazon and two other American titans are trying to shake up health care by experimenting with their own employees' coverage. In China, technology companies like Alibaba and Tencent have made health care a priority for years, and are using China as their laboratory. After testing online medical advice and drug tracking systems, they are now focused on a more advanced tool: artificial intelligence.

    ——Amazon Wants to Disrupt Health Care in America. In China, Tech Giants Already Have, by The New York Times


    The artificial intelligence has not only facilitated the relevant industry, but also changed our life dramatically. In another words, that is the charm of innovation.

  • Haiyan Fu, nicknamed Ava, is a 32-year-old fashion influencer who used to did promotional posts for brands ranging from Louis Vuitton and Dior. Then, in 2016, she and another influencer teamed up to launch their own brand, Ava & Nikki. Fu had no design experience, but would draw pictures and ask suppliers to make the clothes. Today, the brand's clothing tends to go for $30 to $60 an item. When there's a hit piece, she says, she might sell 3,000 to 5,000 of them. Fu models many of them herself.

    ——China's Influencers Don't Just Push Brands – They Create Their Own, by Adage


    This time around, the influencers launch their own brands are nothing new.  Having an independent brand means having a consistent and stable content creation capability, thus can increasing the user's stickiness and establishing a solid business model.

  • Thanks to four big new releases over the New Year's Day holiday, the Chinese box office has grossed over $900 million last week. Four huge Chinese pictures, including three big sequels, all opened on the same-scheduled and all achieved varying levels of success.

    ——'Monster Hunt' And 'Monkey King' Pushed China Box Office To A Record-Crushing Week, by Forbes


    During the Spring Festival, watching movies has become a new fad for many families. The vigor of the outgoing Spring Festival's movie market brought nice surprises to audiences. That proves the ever-hard truth again that solid work wins box office.

  • A few short weeks after its release, a Japanese mobile game featuring a traveling frog has become a hit in China.The game is called TabiKaeru, or Travel Frog. It was created by Hit-Point, the Japanese company that released the popular game Neko Atsume, or Kitty Collector, in 2014.It is played like this: A frog sits in its stone hut, eating and reading, while you collect clover from the front yard. The clover is used to buy food, which the frog takes on a journey.

    ——China Embraces a Game About a Traveling Frog, by The New York Times


    Behind any successful game, there is tremendous power of innovation. Any game developer should launch IP protection on names, contents and technology in time in order to avoid potential disputes.

  • China brought 12.89 million rural people out of poverty in 2017, cutting its overall poverty rate to 3.1 percent (down 1.4 percent), the official Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday, citing government data. China's ruling Communist Party has been making efforts to tackle deep-rooted poverty in its countryside, and aims to raise the annual income of all its residents above the official poverty line of 2,300 yuan ($365.26) by 2020.

    ——China brings nearly 13 million people out of poverty in 2017, by Reuters


    As the basic guarantee of innovation, IPR provides new impetus for economic development and improvement of people's livelihood in poverty-struck areas. IPR plays an irreplaceable role in targeted poverty alleviation.

  • In an effort to deal with its fast-growing domestic waste problem, the Chinese government has blocked all imports of 24 types of foreign trash. The ban has left countries like Britain and the United States reeling, with few alternative destinations for mountains of old mobile phones, paper, textiles and plastics once treated in backyard operations along China's eastern coast. It has also forced recycling centers to step up their efforts to transform informal, backstreet industries into fully regulated, more technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ones.

    ——China trash town's cleanup bolstered by import ban, by Reuters


    Trash disposal has always been an important issue related to residents' life. Thanks to scientific and technological innovation, China's trash town will become a green recycling economy industrial park.

  • A train station was built in just nine hours by 1,500 workers in China. Workers were split into seven units to take on seven simultaneous tasks, according to the deputy manager at China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group, the communist country's main railroad construction company. The high-speed Nanlong Railway line is under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. It will provide a main transport link between the south-east of the country and central China. The project is one of series of impressive infrastructure projects completed by China in recent years.

    ——Chinese workers build railway station in just nine hours, by The Independent


    With such a heavy loaded work, China has once again created an amazing "China speed" in just nine hours, and has shown its innovative charm to the world.

  • At the Detroit auto show on Monday, officials of GAC Motor, based in Guangzhou, outlined a broad plan to build up its operations in the United States and begin selling a vehicle here next year, possibly in partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. GAC also expects to open a development center in Michigan and a design center in Los Angeles in the first half of this year.

    ——Chinese Carmaker May Use Fiat Chrysler for Foothold in U.S., by the New Yorker Times


    Like food and fodder should go ahead of troops and horses, GAC attaches great importance to open R&D center before entering the market. Besides, GAC may consider including U.S. in its patenting strategy to strenghthen the competitiveness in the international market and avoid patent infringement.

  • Although the global electric car market is still tiny, it is most advanced in China, where 330,000 new energy vehicles were sold last year. China has an industrial stake in electric vehicles. While international carmakers tend to buy batteries produced by Japanese and South Korean companies, Chinese companies use Chinese suppliers including BYD and Amperex Technology. 

    ——China's Electric Cars are Chasing Volkswagen, by the Financial Times


    Guided by the Innovation-driven Development Strategy, electric car industry meets a great opportunity in China's market for it is intensive in patents. It injects new energy to the whole electric vehicle industry as well as enhances China's new energy battery development.

  • Apple is to open a research lab in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, according to Tim Cook, its chief executive, as it seeks to boost sales in the country . It will be Apple's second facility in China. It already has a new research and development facility in Beijing.

    ——Apple to Set Up Second R&D Centre in China, by The Financial Express


    With a strong innovative atmosphere, more and more foreign companies start to pay more attention to high-tech industry in China. Chinese government has been doing hard to mark a friendly IP protection environment, trying to attract foreign companies bring more high-end technology to China. 

  • Mr.Mi said that the venture should start making money within five years. In the meantime, he added, the company is serving China's flagship economic and foreign policy program-a multibillion-dollar plan launched in 2013 by the leader, to develop sea and land transport corridors through which china can export its goods to the world, particularly Europe.

    ——With City of Towers, China Puts its Economic Stamp on Caucasus, by the New York Time


    The Belt and Road countries has accumulated expertise and advanced capabilities in the field of IP. The cooperation among those countries could promote common development and prosperity and build a road towards peace and friendship by enhancing mutual understanding and trust. 

  • Singles Day in China has become the world's biggest shopping day. With clear marketing and help from an online spending boom, the Alibaba Group, in less than a decade, turn Nov.11 into a symbol of the power of the Chinese Consumer. Single Day has become a symbol of the rise of those sources: Chinese consumption.

    ——Alibaba, Amid Intense Hype, Confronts a slowdown on Singles Day, by the Wall Street Journal


    Alibaba can face challenge without failure only by protecting IPRs of brands, interests of every participant in the platform, and protecting consumers from infringing products.

  • Chinese patent filings have risen rapidly, both domestically and internationally. China is the largest growth source for filings with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, with Huawei and ZTE coming first and third in last year's figures. And the gulf between China and the advanced economies in international patents may imply less about the quality of Chinese innovation than often assumed.

    ——"Innovation in China: More Than a Fast Follower?", by The Diplomat Magazine


    When it comes to innovation, China still lags behind the West — but it is catching up. Chinese innovation is supported by the world's fastest growing R&D budget.

  • There are also signs of an imaginative China emerging. In fields from gene editing to big-data analytics to 5G mobile telephony, Chinese experts are now among the world's best. Sunway TaihuLight (pictured), a supercomputer made using only local computer chips, is five times as fast as the best American rival.

    ——"Innovation in China, out of the Master's Shadow", by the Economist


    Today, it is increasingly clear that a vanguard of world-class firms is emerging. The huge diversity of the continental-scale country forces firms to adapt nimbly. The Chinese market is becoming the world's innovation hotbed.

  • China's evolution as a hotbed of innovation is creating a pool of world-class management talent, expertise and experience in technology and e-commerce industries that will help it become a global leader in these fields. Ultimately, this might be the most profound change of all: instead of just charting its own course, China may soon be setting trends that the West will be compelled to follow.

    ——China emerges as a global innovator, by the New York Times


    Over many years, China has gained acclaim as the world's manufacturing powerhouse. But today, innovation is flourishing in the world's most populous nation, which is rapidly becoming a trendsetter with the potential to disrupt business models globally.

  • China successfully launched its first human spaceflight mission in more than three years, placing into orbit a spacecraft carrying two astronauts that will dock with a new space laboratory module. During the 30-day mission, Jing and Chen will carry out a number of medical and space science experiments, as well as test various systems on the Tiangong-2 module.

    ——China's Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space station mission, by CNN


    The successfully launching of Shenzhou 11 reflects that China is making steady progress in their manned space program. We believed that more and more IPR-reliant manned spaceship will be launched by China in the future.

  • The innovation theme is also a signal to the rest of the world that China is jockeying to join the ranks of the industrialized countries that have historically relied on innovation to drive their growth. The question on the minds of other emerging economy countries is whether they, too, can leverage innovation for development.

    ——China shows the path from emerging economy to innovation nation, by the Washington Post


    IPR is a key for China to transfer from emerging economy to innovation nation. China is now implementing innovation-driven strategy, and shows its power at the world stage.

  • Part of the push for better patent protection comes from emerging giants like Huawei Technologies Co., which compete globally and see a thick patent portfolio as crucial to selling overseas without drawing lawsuits or paying high royalties. More patents have led to more enforcement. Chinese officials said they handled 35,844 patent infringement or counterfeit cases last year, nearly four times as many as in 2012.

    ——Stronger Chinese Patent Laws Also Help U.S. Companies, by the Wall Street Journal


    In recently years, China has been intensifying punishment for patent infringement and counterfeit, improving patent protection mode characterized with both administrative law enforcement and judicial protection, which complement each other's advantages through organic coordination. These measures improve foreign companies' confidence in China.

  • The research firm Sanford Bernstein estimates that auto manufacturing capacity in China will rise 22 percent over the next two years, bringing it to 28.8 million cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles annually. That is almost equal to the American and European markets combine.

    ——Automakers Expanding in China May Soon Face Weakening Demand, by the New York Times


    Compared with foreign automakers expanding capacity in China, the domestic automakers gradually grew up by relying on independent innovation and IPRs. They had the strength which competes with foreign automakers. With the rise of national brands of automobiles, the consumers will have more choice while buying automobiles.

  • Reviews of the new iPhone 7 came out. The main problem Apple is facing at the moments is a slew of Chinese competitors that make high-quality phones. Given the new version of the iPhone doesn't boast any conspicuous upgrades, it could be that Apple's sagging fortunes in China continue in the short term.

    ——Apple's China Conundrum and Samsung's Recall Conundrum, The Wall Street Journal


    It is necessary for Apple to upgrade its iPhone. With the domestic handset makers continue to improve the capacity for innovation, Apple should further showcase its strength of creativity. Only to do this can Apple further expand market share.

  • The focus of investors in Asia-China and India in particular-reflects an increasingly decentralized reality in global technology investment. Asian banks, private equity firms, venture capital funds are willing to invest in domestic start-ups.

    ——Asian Tech Start-Ups Quietly Earn Backing, by The New York Times


    The development of start-ups cannot separate with the implementation of mass entrepreneurship and innovation. With the further improvement of China's IPR protection, the start-ups have a bright future in China.

  • The state-owned China National Chemical Corporation said on Monday that it had received clearance from a regulator in the U.S. for its $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta. The ChemChina has been an active buyer in recent years, acquiring more than a half-dozen companies in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. But if it is completed, the Syngenta purchase would be China's biggest foreign deal ever.

    ——U.S. Regulator Signs Off on ChemChina-Syngenta Deal, The New York Times


    This acquisition reflects that Chinese companies have made great progresses in product process and quality. After acquisition, ChemChina would acquire advanced seeds technologies, which would further improved its IPR capacity.

  • In fact, some of China's Internet companies, including Xiaomi, Alibaba and Cheetah Mobile, have started their international forays, which will intensify competition in the tech industry. U.S. Internet companies will learn and become more nimble in the process, which benefits consumers at the end of the day.

    ——Hugo Barra Of Xiaomi on the Company's International Plans, The Wall Street Journal


    China's Internet companies have strong ambitions in acquiring users on their platforms through many different types of innovative services. The competition environment is conducive to fast-paced innovation, increasingly providing a glimpse of how smartphones could be used by consumers in the U.S. and the entire world in the future.

  • Even as American companies like Google and Tesla work on autonomous vehicles, a number of Chinese companies are working on driverless car technology. The Internet company Leshi has a driverless car tech unit, and the Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors has opened a research center in Silicon Valley.

    ——China's Companies Poised to Take Leap in Developing a Driverless Car, by The New York Times


    China's mass innovation and entrepreneurship is carrying out in full swing. With more and more entrepreneurs creating their own companies, they aggressively expand R&D area, and show their IPR strength on the international market.

  • Some 40% of all the e-commerce in the world takes place in China, making an e-commerce strategy for that market almost obligatory for international brands. But one of the chronic challenges in China is the problem of counterfeits and intellectual property (IP) rights. There are indications of improvement in China IP protection, but the main source of optimism is the same as the historic reason for pessimism: the role of Alibaba , China's leading e-commerce company.

    ——Alibaba Plays Pivotal Role In China's Intellectual Property Rights, Forbes


    In the past few years, more and more torts on IPR happened in e-commerce markets all over the world with the rapid development of e-commerce. For e-commerce giant like Alibaba, it is an obligation to enhance IP protection and make a health environment for e-commerce development. 

  • China needs to avoid asset bubbles and support productive and innovative firms. Similarly, policies to promote continuous technological innovation and industrial upgrading can increase productivity. And measures that increase domestic research capacity – for example, by strengthening protection of intellectual property rights – can nurture innovation.

    ——Containing China's Slowdown, by Project Syndicate


    Strengthening protection of intellectual property rights plays important role in building an innovation-oriented country. China should put more in protecting intellectual property rights and improving innovation capability, to contribute to innovation-oriented country construction.

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