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The rise of China's technological power: the perspective from frontier technologies

Antonin Bergeaud and Cyril Verluise

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: We use patent data to study the contribution of the US, Europe, China and Japan to frontier technology using automated patent landscaping. We find that China's contribution to frontier technology has become quantitatively similar to the US in the late 2010s while overcoming the European and Japanese contributions respectively. Although China still exhibits the stigmas of a catching up economy, these stigmas are on the downside. The quality of frontier technology patents published at the Chinese Patent Office has leveled up to the quality of patents published at the European and Japanese patent offices. At the same time, frontier technology patenting at the Chinese Patent Office seems to have been increasingly supported by domestic patentees, suggesting the build up of domestic capabilities.

Keywords: frontier technologies; China; patent landscaping; machine learning; patents (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-10-14
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