How to reward inventors
Wang Gang of China Patent Agent (HK) explains why companies need to be aware of changes to the rules for rewarding inventors
After the amendments to China's Patent Law and the
corresponding revision to the Implementing Regulations, the
provisions governing reward and remuneration to inventors or
creators of service inventions in the former legal system are
no longer only applicable to China's state-owned enterprises.
Instead, they now apply to all enterprises and institutions
that have been set up in China according to Chinese laws. This
includes joint ventures, cooperative enterprises and
foreign-funded enterprises. This change has drawn a lot of
attention from multinational corporations with branch offices
in mainland China.
The provisions governing reward and remuneration of service
inventions in China are complicated and are covered by a
variety of laws, regulations and policies. These include not
only special laws like the Patent Law, its Implementing
Regulations and the Law on Promoting the Transformation of
Scientific and Technological Achievements, but also general
laws like the Contract Law. In addition to national
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