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Foreign patents surge and technology spillovers in China (1985–2009): Evidence from the patent and trade markets

Cai, Helen (Huifen), David Sarpong, Xiaoyun Tang and Guiqin Zhao

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2020, vol. 151, issue C

Abstract: •We examine the sharp increase of foreign patent applications in China.•Drawing on industry level data from 19 countries and regions, we test the market covering and competition threat hypotheses.•We found that foreign patent applications in China depend on the market decision and patent decision of competitor countries.•Foreign patent applications in China is also influenced significantly by the reform of the Chinese patent system.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119784

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