Patent transactions with China in a new era: a European perspective

Ying Li, Elise Meyer, Geert Duysters, Maurice de Richemont

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Purpose – This study aims to present a timely description of the experience and intentions of EU firms regarding patent licensing and/or selling to China in a new era, where EU firms are taking a more open approach toward innovation and the Chinese institutional environment has been recently changed. The paper finds that large and small EU firms are different regarding the openness of innovation measured by patent transactions; for those EU firms that are not interested in licensing or selling patents, most of them are not employing an open innovation model and IP infringement is still the primary concern. EU firms are most interested in selling obsolete technologies and licensing state-of-art technologies to China.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Knowledge-Based Innovation in China
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)136-156
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • IP protection
  • Patents
  • Open innovation
  • Licensing
  • Technology transfer
  • China

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