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Deducing IP collection targets among military, commercial and dual use applications from Chinese science and technology core competencies


The id
entification and analysis of the science and technology core competencies of China permits much deduction, from a targeting standpoint, of Chinese interest against foreign military, commercial and dual use technologies. A first in the unclass area, this Office of Naval Research (ONR) comparative effort contrasts the impact/quality of all of China's research (versus India and Australia) and research investment emphases/strategy (versus the US); Its algorithmic data is of interest to those of us interested in automated search.

This analysis has rising interest as China surpassed Japan in 2006 to "become the world's second highest investor in R&D after the United States":

China's spending on R&D as a percentage of GDP, known as R&D intensity, has more than doubled from 0.6% of GDP in 1995 to just over 1.2% in 2004. In current prices, this represents an increase from just over USD 17 billion in 1995 to USD 94 billion in 2004. And it is growing even faster than the economy which is growing by between 9 and 10% a year.

Less widely reported, save for certain European sites, was that China surpassed "Germany as the 5th world largest supplier of patent applications."

The ONR's "bibliometric" study of Chinese scientific publications shows that the PRC is
making significant strides in science and technology areas related to national security and commercial enterprise:

In addition to identification of the technical structure and infrastructure of the Chinese science and technology literature, two unique approaches were developed to compare characteristics of China's science and technology output with that of other countries. First, a novel method was used to compare the impact/quality of all of China's research with that of two other countries, India and Australia. Second, a unique approach was used to compare China's research investment emphases/strategy relative to that of the US:

The study proceeds from a series of straightforward observations and analyses to several increasingly dense methodological appendices that are likely unintelligible to non-specialists.

Read the initial and summary sections.  Leave the "dense methodological appendices" to automated text mining and ranking - which will interest a couple of us.

Patent Review, Back to the Future?
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The Structure and Infrastructure of Chinese Science and Technology
by Ronald N. Kostoff, Michael B. Briggs, Robert L. Rushenberg, Christine A. Bowles, Michael Pecht
Office of Naval Research

China will become world's second highest investor in R&D by end of 2006, finds OECD

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Feb 22, 2006

Gordon Housworth

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