Reference : The value of Chinese patents: An empirical investigation of citation lags
Scientific journals : Article
Business & economic sciences : Strategy & innovation
Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Audit
The value of Chinese patents: An empirical investigation of citation lags
Fisch, Christian mailto []
Sandner, Philipp []
Regner, Lukas []
China Economic Review
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[en] Patents ; China ; innovation ; patent value ; citations lag ; catch-up
[en] China has been experiencing a substantial growth in patent applications. But is this increase accompanied by a similar increase in patent value? To assess this question, we examine the citation lag of Chinese patents as a proxy of patent value in comparison with patents from the US, Europe, Japan, and Korea. Our empirical analysis comprises a unique data set of 60,000 patents with priority years between 2000 and 2010. Utilizing Cox regressions, our results show that Chinese patents suffer from a large citation lag in comparison to international patents, indicating a lower value. This is especially true for patents filed domestically. However, we find empirical support for an increasing patent value in more recent patents. China shows a strong dynamic in the field of patenting and our results suggest that the gap between Chinese patents and international patents might narrow down in the near future.

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