China declassifies military patents to spur private sector

01 May 2018

China has released a second large batch of previously classified military-technology patents as part of its continuing efforts to stimulate private-sector involvement in defence development and manufacturing activities.

China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), an agency under the State Council’s Central Military Commission, announced in late April a move to declassify more than 4,000 military patents, which it will make publicly available through its procurement website,

The patents were authorised and issued to state-run defence enterprises in China by the EDD’s National Defence Intellectual Property Office. The EDD describes the patents as “invention patents that involve the interests of defence and have a potential role in building national defence”.

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