I am pleased to see that a long planned project to display US patent models held by the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware has now been brought to China. The exhibit opened in Tsinghua University on March 27, and will continue on to Shenzhen, Shanghai and Wuhan, where it will close on September 24. The “Spirit of Invention” (发明的精神) exhibit is comprised of sixty U.S. patent models, dating from 1836 to 1890. According to the press release, Hagley and Tsinghua University will complement this presentation with academic symposia, and promotional campaigns connected to each exhibition venue. Tsinghua’s announcement, excerpted below, is found here.
As China is focusing on “mass innovation”, the announcement notes that this exhibit complements this policy noting how the patent models for the most part were made by common people in the United States.
Update from April 25, 2018: Here’s the Forbes Magazine article on the exhibit.