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Why do Japanese companies file patents in China? Revisited

Why do Japanese companies file patents in China? Revisited Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to revisit the Chinese patent application upsurge among Japanese MNEs. Design/methodology/approach – The authors extended the sample provided by Nakata and Zhang, from the period of 1995 and 2003 to 1995 and 2007, and paid more attention to the market advantage of Japanese MNEs and competitive relationships such as those between Japanese MNEs and domestic as well as other foreign firms in China. Findings – The present findings indicated that after China revised its patent law for the second time and joined the WTO, patenting by Japanese MNEs became increasingly driven by those that operated diversified businesses in China. Competition in IPR measured by the technology proximity of Japanese MNEs with domestic as well as other foreign firms showed a positive correlation with regard to increased patenting. Originality/value – To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first paper that focused on the effects of Chinese IPR reform on the Chinese patenting behavior by Japanese MNEs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China Emerald Publishing

Why do Japanese companies file patents in China? Revisited

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1758-552X
DOI
10.1108/JSTPC-06-2012-0016
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to revisit the Chinese patent application upsurge among Japanese MNEs. Design/methodology/approach – The authors extended the sample provided by Nakata and Zhang, from the period of 1995 and 2003 to 1995 and 2007, and paid more attention to the market advantage of Japanese MNEs and competitive relationships such as those between Japanese MNEs and domestic as well as other foreign firms in China. Findings – The present findings indicated that after China revised its patent law for the second time and joined the WTO, patenting by Japanese MNEs became increasingly driven by those that operated diversified businesses in China. Competition in IPR measured by the technology proximity of Japanese MNEs with domestic as well as other foreign firms showed a positive correlation with regard to increased patenting. Originality/value – To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first paper that focused on the effects of Chinese IPR reform on the Chinese patenting behavior by Japanese MNEs.

Journal

Journal of Science and Technology Policy in ChinaEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 19, 2013

Keywords: Patenting in China; Japanese MNEs; IPR reform; Multinational companies; Patents; China; Japan

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