On May 22nd, Dr. Jili Chung, author of Innovation’s Crouching Tiger and founder of an online course about China (coming soon) was the featured speaker in the webinar “Anatomy of China’s Innovation Ecosystem: the STAR Market and IP Exchange”, organized by European Guanxi and moderated by European Guanxi’s Valeria Fappani.
In the past month, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), (the regulation body for the internet in China) released notifications regarding user rights violations to dozens of apps.
MIIT highlighted that these apps have collected personal information beyond the authorized scope and demanded rectification with the coming month.*
This notification is MIIT's continued effort to regulate use of personal information. In recent months, this tightening control appears to have become a new norm in China's innovation ecosystem.
From Shanghai to the World
Last month an announcement attracted attention from global IP professionals. An international patent portfolio had settled in Shanghai. According to the source, it is the first of its kind in China.
The announcement indicates that this patent pool covers more than 50 technical fields and has an international patent portfolio of more than 12,000 patents. It targets Chinese SMEs which need to upgrade their operation with more advanced technologies but fall short of developing their own.
The pool will operate with standardized licensing terms. Available licensing durations are one year, three years, five years, and ten years.
NFT mania in the IP arena
Blockchain-based digital artwork has experienced a craze in western countries. The global monetary inflation further drives investors to seek unique assets across borders, even into cyberspace. Now the tide reaches China. According to the Financial Times, “Digital art – including NFT (Non-fungible token) – is enjoying an upsurge in Beijing.”
However, as some mainstream fashion observers point out, Chinese regulations may stand in the way of large-scale adoption. Numerous regulatory and intellectual property issues have not been tested in Chinese courts, “there is simply too much unknown from the Chinese law perspective.” *
Stars are falling
This March, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sent shockwaves across the Pacific Ocean, shaking global capital markets. It adopted the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act passed by the Trump administration. As a result, the SEC now has the authority to demand US-listed companies to affirm that they are not owned or controlled by a governmental entity in a foreign jurisdiction.
In March 2021, the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Outline of 2035 Long-Term Goals (the "Outline") by the State Council received attention in the global innovation community. The Outline reveals a major shift in IP policy. It affirms that funding for intellectual property applications has entered into history. In addition, the resource so saved will apply to strengthening support for IP's subsequent transformation, utilization, administrative protection, and public services in the next stage.
The affirmative position signals that China's innovation ecosystem is turning over a new leaf.
Are you covered?
In recent weeks, the world was anxiously watching a 200,000 ton vessel blocking the Suez Canal, a historical passage for the global economy. The probability of such an incident is very low, but yields large, detrimental impacts. Attention soon shifted to the insurance coverage for such an unprecedented loss in global shipping history.
The world has been awed by China's rapid and robust growth in IP, but few recognize the primary driving force behind this phenomenon.
Recently, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released yearly statistics on IP in its 2021 Q1 press conference in Beijing. All major statistics met expectations in 2020, indicating another step forward for China's IP system. *
Innovations in China
Intense pressure from the US-China trade war has started a transformation in Chinese innovation: shifting the focus from sheer number to higher quality. The promulgation of China’s 14th 5-Year Plan seals the trajectory of this movement.
IP Monetization in China
IP regime in China
How historical trends shed light on the development of China’s cultural and creative industry under the new, global norm
At the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, the global market saw a surprise from new media platforms leveraging IP and new technologies. The stock price of Netflix, the leading company amongst them, soared 13% in one day. This movement in the market reflects the positivity surrounding the cultural and creative content delivered online, especially when the pandemic may continue to lock down a hefty portion of the world for the near future.
Similar trends are also happening in China. Taking a closer look at China’s cultural and creative industries – and Netflix’s counterparts – offer interesting observations.