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GENEVA Cheap Joe Mixon Jersey , June 4 (Xinhua) -- Chief economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Carsten Fink told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview that increased overseas patent filings from Chinese applicants showed a positive sign for China's innovation and economy.
According to WIPO, China's patent office had become the largest intellectual property office across the world in 2012 in terms of the number of its patent applications, but Chinese patent applicants did not file as frequently their patents abroad in other countries as did those from the United States, Europe or Japan.
Fink said that a changing picture was observed as patent filings abroad by Chinese companies and research institutes have been growing rapidly.
WIPO found in its new study that the growth of Chinese patent filings abroad increased significantly after the year 2000, with a five-year average annual growth rate of 40 percent between 2000 and 2005 Cheap Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , and of 23 percent since 2005.
"That is important because on the one hand, it signals that Chinese companies really operate on the world technology frontier, and (on the other hand) it also suggests that indeed they are pushing the world's technology frontier. That is a good sign for China's innovation system," said Fink.
The chief economist outlined three reasons behind the rapid rise of Chinese overseas patent filings: the rise of China as an innovator which accounts for the second largest expenses in research and development all over the world, the honed experiences of Chinese applicants with the patent system Cheap Vontaze Burfict Jersey , and the strong willings of Chinese companies to do business internationally.
Fink then stressed that overseas patent filings weighed heavily for China's economy and could be a positive boost.
He noted that historically China's export advantage has always been in industries that rely on labor-intensive manufacturing, and the increase in foreign patent filing suggested that China was gaining a competitive edge based on new ideas and advanced knowledge.
"That will help Chinese companies to transfer their business models from the past one that relied on low wages to another one that will rely more and more on new technologies, new products and new ideas. That's a good sign for the prospects of Chinese economy," said Fink.
The study also showed a rapid increase of the share of complex technology among total Chinese foreign-oriented patent families, reaching a 75 percent-share of total patents abroad on average per annum since 2000.
Specifically Cheap Carlos Dunlap Jersey , the information and communication technology (ICT) sector took the largest part, with roughly one fourth of all patents filed abroad.
As for this feature, Fink explained that in contrast with more traditional fields like pharmaceuticals which relies on more deeply-rooted scientific base and has lasting-over-10-year research and development cycles, ICT sector has experienced rapid progress and seen breakthroughs in many areas, which meant that there were opportunities to leapfrog in many cases of product and research and development cycles.
The senior expert furthered that it was also attributed to the different levels of reliance on the patent system in different ind.