China to amend patent law to pacify US, spur innovation

Apart from legislation, China has also used policy to encourage innovation, such as the 2006 drive towards indigenous innovation and 2015's Made in China 2025 that sought to make the country dominant in high-tech manufacturing.
Apart from legislation, China has also used policy to encourage innovation, such as the 2006 drive towards indigenous innovation and 2015's Made in China 2025 that sought to make the country dominant in high-tech manufacturing. PHOTO: AFP

China is amending its patent law this year, which will address criticism from the United States of inadequate intellectual property protection and also help stimulate innovation domestically.

This is the fourth amendment to the law, which will further strengthen protection of intellectual property (IP), noted Professor Huang Can of Zhejiang University at a two-day conference last week organised by the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2019, with the headline 'China to amend patent law to pacify US, spur innovation'. Print Edition | Subscribe