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Shaping China’s Innovation Future
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Shaping China’s Innovation Future

University Technology Transfer in Transition

9781849807753 Edward Elgar Publishing
John L. Orcutt, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire, School of Law – Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, US and Hong Shen, Partner, Longan Law Firm, China
Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978 1 84980 775 3 Extent: 320 pp
Shaping China’s Innovation Future employs a thorough analysis of a combination of factors including: the role of law and China’s legal system; economic theory and the development of China’s economy; China’s educational, intellectual property, and financial systems; China’s innovation capacity; and Chinese culture. Though the recommendations on how to improve China’s technology commercialization system are unique to China, the scope of the research makes the conclusions found here applicable to other countries facing similar challenges.

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Since the 1980s, China has worked to develop the technology commercialization capacity of its universities. Progress has occurred, but university technology commercialization remains on the periphery of Chinese economic development. Because university technology commercialization is predominantly a ‘law-based’ strategy, the authors examine whether China’s legal system adequately supports such efforts. Since the law does not operate in isolation, the authors conduct their analysis through the lens of China’s overall innovation system. This holistic approach enables the authors first to provide a more accurate analysis of the Chinese legal system’s ability to support university technology commercialization and also to generate useful insights on the strengths, weaknesses and future of the country’s commercialization efforts.

One of the problems with analyzing inherently complex systems – like that of China’s innovation system – is the need for expertise from a very broad range of disciplines. In that vein, Shaping China’s Innovation Future employs a thorough analysis of a combination of factors including: the role of law and China’s legal system; economic theory and the development of China’s economy; China’s educational, intellectual property, and financial systems; China’s innovation capacity; and Chinese culture. Though the recommendations on how to improve China’s technology commercialization system are unique for China, the scope of the research makes the conclusions found here applicable to other countries facing similar challenges.

This unique analysis will be of significant interest to policymakers in China and other developing countries who are seeking to increase their level of technology-based economic development; academics studying China, China’s legal system, university technology transfer, national innovation systems, entrepreneurialism, international intellectual property, or international economic development; and Chinese scientists and entrepreneurs and those wishing to work with them.
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Contents: Preface 1. Universities, Technology Commercialization and Innovation Systems Part I: China’s Innovation System: Mao, Markets and the Growing Prominence of Chinese Universities 2. Developing a Market-based Innovation System 3. A Snapshot of China’s Current Innovation System Part II: The Legal and Policy Environment for Commercializing University Technology in China 4. Developing a Legal System that Supports the Market-based Transactions of Bayh–Dole Strategy 5. China’s Intellectual Property Regime has Come of Age 6. China’s Bayh–Dole System 7. Planning to be an Innovative Nation – China’s National S&T Plan and its Impact on China’s Bayh–Dole System 8. China’s Emerging Venture Capital Industry Part III: The Future 9. Increasing the Technology Commercialization Capacity of Chinese Universities Conclusion Index

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