As reported by The Irish Times’ Michael Martina, China’s ambitious drive to produce millions of new patents in the next few years, as part of a switch from a “made in China” to a “designed in China” economic model, will curtail innovation standards, a European study warned.
China is seeking to transform itself from being the world’s factory floor into a global pioneer by setting ambitious state- mandated patent targets – a goal that has already resulted in the country surpassing the United States last year in patent filings.
“This explosion [of patent applications]
In some cases, financial incentives and performance evaluations for state-owned firms, officials and academics drive the filing of low-quality patents as they seek to meet quotas – two million annually by 2015 under one national plan.
In addition to inventions, China also gives patents for designs and “utility models”, incremental developments that can advance an existing product but rarely result in technological breakthroughs.
The United States does not use utility-model patents, though some developed countries, such as Germany, do.
Sixty-five per cent of patent applications filed by medium and large-sized Chinese state-owned enterprises in recent years have been for the lower-end design or utility-model patents, making them among the country’s least effective innovators, the study said.
“One cannot drive or ‘force’ creativity, but only nurture it, whereas creativity leading to breakthroughs of the type that typically produce the highest quality patents at best comes in spurts,” it said, noting that at least 20 countries have greater innovation potential than the world’s second largest economy.
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