Innovation and Intellectual Property in China

Strategies, Contexts and Challenges

Edited by Ken Shao, Professor of Law, University of Western Australia and Xiaoqing Feng, Professor of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China

China is evolving from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy, but the delicate context behind this change has not been properly understood by foreign governments, companies and lawyers. This book is an insightful response to ill-conceived notions of, and mis-assumptions regarding, the Chinese innovation economy. It represents an effort to marry a variety of ‘insiders’ perspectives’ from China, with the analysis of international scholars.

‘This book shows clearly that the Chinese IPR law is at the service to the ascension of Chinese high-tech industries and its building up of innovation capacity. The Chinese culture and history, in this context, sounds much like a justification to the proactive Chinese industrial policies that guiding the Great Leap Forward of Innovation.’

‘This is an important addition to the growing volumes of literature on Chinese intellectual property law. The book provides an excellent selection of essays written by well-known academics and policy makers that sheds light on the process of innovation shaped by national policies and makes readers re-think the role of law in fostering innovation. This is a must read for those who wonder to what extent the stereotypical image of China as the intellectual property norm receiver still holds true.’
– Nari Lee, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

‘This book is jointly created by leading experts from China, Australia, the US, UK and Ireland. Working in academic, governmental and judicial sectors, these authors navigate the topics from the wide realms of law, economics, international relations, government policies, practical issues, industrial fieldworks and comparative studies. The study is very detailed and unique, and presents a fresh, holistic and international study of the contexts and specifics of China’s innovation policies, intellectual property strategies and industrial development trends, which as a whole, may remain largely unknown. Western readers who are interested in China’s knowledge-based economy should not miss out on this authoritative book.’
– Liu Chuntian, President, China Intellectual Property Law Society, Dean of Intellectual Property School, Renmin University of China, Beijing

'This innovative book is essential reading for those who are interested in China’s IP and innovation strategies. A lot has been written about China’s IP laws and their rapid evolution over the last two decades. China is also developing a national innovation strategy and the substantial merit of this book is that it offers an in-depth analysis of both those elements and, even more importantly, of the way in which they interact. That latter aspect is needed, but found rarely.'
– Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham, UK

‘Academics, researchers and intellectual property lawyers – whether involved directly or indirectly with clients doing business in China – will find this timely publication with its ‘insider perspectives’ eminently useful.’
– Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine

2014 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 159 2 £100.00 £90.00 $145.00 $130.50

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