Policy ForumIntellectual Property

China's Innovation Landscape

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Science  06 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5992, pp. 632-633
DOI: 10.1126/science.1190212

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The People's Republic of China has experienced three decades of sustained, strong annual economic growth as it transitions from a centrally planned economy to a free market. Currently the world's second largest economy (1), China recognizes scientific and technological innovation as an increasingly important strategy to fuel the next phase of its productivity growth (2). However, the drivers and trajectories of China's scientific and technological growth remain underinvestigated. To understand elements of China's innovative activities, particularly in science and technology, an analysis of comprehensive patent data provided by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China is presented here.