China commits to declassification of military-technology patents

09 May 2019

China has declassified more than 7,000 military-technology patents in the past two years as part of efforts to encourage private-sector participation in defence development and production activities.

Citing Chinese defence officials, the official Xinhua news agency reported on 8 May that that the 'patent declassifying process' will continue for the foreseeable future in line with the government's aim to stimulate competition in the country's defence sector.

Officials said at a forum in Beijing on defence-related intellectual property rights (IPR) that the government declassified about 3,000 patents in 2017 and more than 4,000 patents in 2018.

Senior Colonel Wang Hongyu, director of the defence IPR bureau within the Equipment Development Department (EDD), an agency under the Central Military Commission (CMC), was quoted by Xinhua as saying that his unit will "continue to improve the utilisation and transfer of defence technology IPR and will concentrate on policy reform and encourage innovation".

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