On the 18th, the General Administration of Press and Publications issued three draft regulations: the Internet Publishing Services Regulations, the Management Rules for Foreign News Publishing Organs Establishing Offices Within the Territory of China and the Press and Publications Sector Standards Management Rules. These three are offered for consultation, with a deadline to submit comments by 10 January. For more on these regulations, please visit Rogier’s blog post on the topic, here.
The Australian Centre on China in the World (Centre) is a major initiative at ANU that has been funded by the Australian government. It enhances the University’s existing capabilities to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale. Continue reading →
Innovation continues to be an important topic and a key element in the Chinese market. WSJ China blog reported the results of agency Millward Brown and media company WPP’s annual research on the top 50 most valuable Chinese brands. So, just how have Chinese brands fared in the government’s priority to innovate?
The study analyzed the financial information of listed companies, ratio of attribution to corporate earnings from the brand(s), and paired it with data from a survey of consumers. A major factor in brand value comes from consumer perception of the brand’s progress in the area of innovation. While many brands have seen dramatic increases in brand value, others have seen declines or stagnation as a result of “a failure to innovate”. Not surprisingly, consumers in China value innovation as do their counterparts in other part of the world. Chinese brands who have had notable progress in this area include Tencent, maker of the Wechat app; Baidu, the internet giant; Hainan Airlines; and Septwolves, an apparel company selling upscale goods to China’s smaller cities.
For more discussion on China’s innovation, please see this article written by one of my students, Jae Zhou and a former colleague, Benjamin Bai.
December 3 was the deadline to submit comments on the first public draft of the Invention Remuneration Regulations, which were published by SIPO. Every indication is that these regulations are on a fast track for finalization by the drafting agencies, and forwarding on to the State Council for its consideration. Here’s the ABA Comments on Inventor Remuneration.
If you are interested in sharing your submitted comments, please feel free to submit them to this blog.
I recently gave a talk on service inventions in China – inventions made while in the employ of a company, using its materials and tools. SIPO has published a draft of its proposed service invention regulations for public comment, which I have separately blogged about. Comments are due December 3. My blog on this issue resulted in a new high here for hits, which I believe shows the depth of interest in this issue. Continue reading →