China and Innovation

Great read on China’s effort to become an innovative Nation. Not an easy task when you cultivated imitation for years and years. Seems like the world’s factory is trying to step up in the value chain.

Some interesting quotes:

“As a national strategy, China is trying to build an economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation. Clearly, its leaders recognize that being the world’s low-cost workshop for assembling the breakthrough products designed elsewhere — think iPads and a host of other high-tech goods — has its limits.”

“Recent Chinese filings in the United States, Mr. Kappos says, are mainly in fields that China has declared priorities for industrial strategy, including solar and wind energy, information technology and telecommunications, and battery and manufacturing technologies for automobiles.”

““The leadership in China knows that innovation is its future, the key to higher living standards and long-term growth,” Mr. Kappos says. “They are doing everything they can to drive innovation, and China’s patent strategy is part of that broader plan.””

“In the 1980s, the Japanese government was widely viewed as the master practitioner of industrial policy, and Japan Inc. seemed poised to overrun one American industry after another, including computers.”

““It is a brute-force approach at this stage, emphasizing the quantity of innovation assets more than the quality,” said John Kao, an innovation consultant to governments and corporations.”

“Mr. Kao said, the United States has a comparative advantage because it is the country most open to innovation – “American culture, more than any other, forgives failure, tolerates risk and embraces uncertainty””

“Many innovative products and technologies, he ( John Kao) says, will be made elsewhere. “But America’s future lies in being the orchestrator — the systems integrator — of the innovation process””

Read Article – NY Times technology

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