Friday, June 17, 2005

CHINESE STUDY CLAIMS UNIVERSITY PATENTS ARE LACKING: Just when you thought the U.S. was the only country flagellating itself over lack of technological competitiveness with respect to the rest of the world, Zhejiang University of Technology has just concluded a special survey and study that shows 75 percent of the colleges and universities in China file little to no patent applications.

The survey shows there are huge gap in patent application among all the domestic colleges and universities. Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University and South China University of Technology have applied a total of 4,809 patents in the past five years, accounting for 26.5 percent of the nation's total. Zhejiang University and Zhejiang University of Technology have applied 91.7 percent of all 1,706 patents done by colleges and universities in the Zhejiang province over the past five years.

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