We no longer think twice when we hear the CEO of a major Chinese tech company, when asked about future plans, launch into a discussion of patent portfolios and where they need to be made stronger. At least at the upper echelons of the corporate world in China, the importance of intellectual property is practically conventional wisdom, especially for the handful of organisations that can truly claim to be global players. Anyone who has followed China for long enough will agree that this, in itself, represents progress and is worthy of recognition.

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