Navigating IPR thickets from a latecomers perspective: The case of the emerging Chinese ICT industry
2006 (English)In: Finland and the globalization of innovation / [ed] Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö and Christopher Palmberg, Helsinki: Taloustieto Oy , 2006, 193-226 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
China is catching-up the developed industrialized countries as a major user, developer and producer of ICT. Nonetheless, the longer-term success of this catching-up process will also de- pend on how emerging Chinese firms manage to build up international intellectual property right (IPR) stakes and manage these in the thickets of overlapping patents held by the incumbents due the importance of standardization, patent pooling and cross-licensing in this industry. This paper analyses the endeavours that Chinese ICT firms face in this context, drawing on data on granted patents at the US patent office combined with interviews of the key firms. The results suggest that Chinese firms in- deed are building up patent-related IPR stakes, and acknowledge their importance, although the abso- lute level of patenting still is very low. Further, these IPR stakes are relatively indigenous in terms of ownership and the related knowledge base. The public standardization initiatives related to the third generation TD-SCDMA standard apparently also support such indigenous developments even though re-engineering and incremental innovation still plays an important role. Chinese firms also use secrecy, and lead time advantages as means to protect their IPRs, especially in the large domestic market characterized by an underdeveloped patent system. This duality in terms of differentiated strategies adustry.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: Taloustieto Oy , 2006. 193-226 p.
catching-up, China, ICT industry, patent thicket, IPR management
Research subject SRA - ICT
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-70181ISBN: 951-628-434-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-70181DiVA: diva2:486011
QC 201201312012-01-312012-01-302015-01-13Bibliographically approved