International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Intellectual Property Protection Seeking Patterns in Relation to China’s Five Year Economic Plans
John D. Wilhelm

Abstract
This study looks to examine the impacts on intellectual property protection seeking for patents and trademarks by both resident and foreign investors based on the assumption that the Chinese government’s five-year plans have significant impact on intellectual property protection seeking. The research includes analyzing data collected that shows the total patent and trademark applications submitted by both Chinese citizens and by foreigners and testing for significant increases or decreases in applications submitted with the corresponding five-year year plans. The finding supports the hypothesis of intellectual property indicators mirroring the intentions laid out in the five-year plans.

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