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China’s domestic patent-holder population increases
May 13, 2011, 3:12 pm
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The 2010 China Valid Patent Report released by SIPO reported consistent rapid growth in domestic patent rates. Domestic patents represented 33.3% of total patents in 2006; in 2010, that percentage rose dramatically to 45.7%.

According to the report, China owns 2.216 million valid patents. 82.4% of the total number of patents were filed domestically, a gigantic increase compared to 75.7% of all Chinese patents in 2006. Beijing’s valid invention patents per million population has risen to 2,222, reflecting China’s economic transformation into a country with more innovative power.

Guangdong, Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejing are listed as China’s most prolific provinces in terms of patents submitted.

Source: IPR in China


China’s IPO initiates patent search engine

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has officially initiated an intelligent patent search and service system in the last few weeks. It has been developed independently by the same office over the last two years. The system resembles existing extensive searchable patent archives that serve examiners and the public alike. It is reported to contain eleven sub-systems and 639 modules, the public having access to four sub-systems and conventional search methods. At present it is the most complete and comprehensive data resource for patents in China. The system encompasses more than 80 million patent documents and a large number of additional data from 98 countries, regions, and organization.

Source: IPP in China

China eases trade rules, allows U.S. fun sales
May 11, 2011, 12:28 pm
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Within the first two days of economy-centered talks between the world’s two largest economies, China pledged that U.S. companies would have easier access to some of the strongest sectors in China’s economy. The most crucial concessions were made for U.S firms seeking to make headway in China’s financial services market; China agreed to let the U.S.—along with other foreign banks—sell mutual funds and offer custodial services.

China’s bourgeoning middle class has the attention of American companies dealing in services like auto insurance. (China is, after all, the world’s largest car market and growing) Still, China remained firm on its “indigenous innovation” policies, stating that local governments would continue to make large purchases in order to bolster domestic market power and creativity.

Although some friction remains between the U.S. and China over currency value, the ”U.S.-China Comprehensive Framework for Promoting Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth and Economic Cooperation” has been hailed as a massive step forward by both countries.

Source: Reuters

The impact of China’s consumers
May 10, 2011, 12:05 pm
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The impact of China’s consumers

In his book published in late April, As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything, Oxford professor Karl Gerth explains two conflicting trends in Chinese consumerism: increasingly robust consumer markets—cars, kitchen appliances, ect—and widespread, difficult to eradicate counterfeiting problems.

Professor Gerth cites China’s growing ad market—40 percent increase over the last two decades—as one of the larger indicators of how consumerism is changing China. Chinese are not only more aware of new and “better” goods but are also more brand-conscious. Because of this rapidly expanding market and growing concerns about brand identity, Mr. Gerth argues, it is not long before Chinese tastes begin to shape global product offerings.

Source: New York Times

Billion Dollar Aid for Clean Energy Investment
May 10, 2011, 11:40 am
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China, the world’s second-largest economy, announced a plan in which hundreds of billions of dollars in aid would support clean energy development. The ultimate goal is to create a situation where China draws 15% of its energy from natural source by 2020s. Currently, China relies on carbon-belching to meet the bulk of its energy needs.

Li Junfeng, deputy director of the energy research arm of the National Development and Reform Commission, stated that China will soon release more specific details in their five-year plan along with a batch of policy regulations favorable to green energy.

Nuclear energy awareness, heightened by the disasters in Japan following the tsunami, was also addressed. Beijing has temporarily suspended approval of new and proposed nuclear project; still, Chinese officials maintain that they will continue to develop the technology.

Source: Teheran Times

China bans smoking in public places
May 3, 2011, 10:41 am
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China, a country with more than three million smokers, will ban smoking in public places this Sunday. Under the new policy all bars, restaurants, hospitals, theaters, hotels, parks and some mass-transit vehicles will be smoke-free zones.

Qualifying public forums are now required to display large ‘No Smoking’ signs but fines or penalties for breaking the new ban have yet to be released or specified. Yang Gonghuan of China’s National Office of Tobacco Control told the AP that while he acknowledged certain imperfections in the existing ban regulations, the Chinese should “all come together to help push forward the regulation’s implementation.”

One third of all cigarettes smoked globally can be accounted for by China. China suffers one million smoking-related deaths per year.

Source: Third Age