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BUILDING UNIVERSITY RELATIONSHIPS IN CHINA by ProQuest

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Chinese universities are closely tied to the government. If a firm has long established relationships with key managers in the government, they can act as a sponsor for the university initiative. It's easy to underestimate the importance of university/government relationships. As more Chinese firms invent, they need the protections afforded by strong intellectual property law in order to maintain profitability in the global marketplace. While this legal evolution has already occurred in Western countries, it is only now going on in China. Chinese professors are driven by peer recognition as measured by publications in prominent journals and by being the lead inventor on a patent. The patent metric drives behavior that can impact the Western partner. First, patents only count if the professor is the lead inventor. Second, Chinese patents are all that is necessary; there is no need to file in other countries. The result can be Western funding of Chinese patents that become prior art for the rest of the world.

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