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China to triple patents by 2020 as it aims to ramp up high-tech economy

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China seems to be ramping things up as it plans a vigorous foray into the world of technology and sky-rocket the country’s high-tech economy. China looks forward to triple the number of patents it files by 2020 in areas from agriculture to pharmaceuticals, says an official notice by Central Government (via Reuters).

As stated in a notice posted on the Central People’s Government website –

Intellectual property (IP) is increasingly becoming a vital component of China’s strategic resources and competitive ability.

China published around 629,612 patents in 2013 which is roughly 200,000 more than the United States, according to a Thomson Reuters study in December.

The country is also working on  reducing the length of the review process for patent and trademark applications to 20.2 months in 2020 from 22.3 months in 2013. China will also make amendments in its legal department for IP protection and management to make the competition fair, which is a process which is often objected by foreign firms as they allege it to favour local players.

China is not just ramping things up in the hardware department, it is paying equal attention to human resources management as well. Last week, he Beijing Municipal Government tied up with California-based LinkedIn to attract top talent to its economic and tech development area.

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