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IPOS Platform: Commercialization of Zhongguancun Innovation

IPOS Platform: Commercialization of Zhongguancun Innovation

Lately, Zhongguancun has been piloting IP Systems, innovation and management in operational mechanisms. Currently, it is looking to achieve an innovative and integrated service platform for IP for establishing a correlation between capital and technology.

The Background

For many years, Zhongguancun has dispersed its IP resources among SOEs, colleges and educational institutions as well as research institutions and government enterprises. However, lack of timely integration has failed to mobilize IP strategy implementation in the post development era. In the first innovation demonstration recognized by the state, Zhongguancun had boasted of formidable IP stock and promised mammoth advantages for its enterprises. These can be utilized to build a smooth communication channel for IP, developing a network for information release and for establishing a processing platform.

In August 2009, CTEX became a part of Zhongguancun. According to the president of CTEX, it had only one focus, that is, of integrating technology with service and capital. Subsequently, CTEX, along with Beijing East Linden Co., Ltd, China Intellectual Property and Peking University IP Law School launched the Intellectual Property One Stop (IPOS) Service. Besides, the Beijing Municipal Government has implemented The Opinion of the People’s Government of Beijing on Implementing the Capital IP Strategy through launch of the “126 Capital IP Project” and the “Project to Promote the IP Work at Zhongguancun’s State-Level Self Innovation Demonstration Area”. The positioning of the IPOS had been planned for building an innovative country by promoting IP strategies and their promotion.

The IPOS Architecture

The IPOS System comprises six tiers. These are:

  • The Raw Data Tier — This consists of the trademark database, the patent database and other IP databases from across all countries of the world.
  • The Processed Data Tier — This is made up of the trademark database, the patent database and the IP databases which have been processed with respect to industry and customer focus.
  • The Supporting Capabilities Tier — For serving customers better, IPOS has pooled and organized resources extended by government agencies and research institutions.
  • The Service Products Tier — On the basis of the second and third tiers, IPOS has launched as many as 10 sub-platforms for customer benefit. These include appraisal service, legal service, consultation service, search service, training service, international service, database customization service, exchange service (forums and saloons), industrial information service and commercial service.
  • The Service Exchange Tier — This layer is that of service exchange. This is where patents, IP related service products and trademarks are continually exchanged.

Among these, the 10 sub platforms for service products seem to be the most practical solutions.

The IPOS Operation

According to Xu Xiangyang, Assistant, CTEX Resistant, “As to the operation of the platform, we start entirely from the perspective of our enterprise customers, and study the right ways to help solve their practical issues in IP work. For instance, for their senior management who are unfamiliar with or unaware of IP, we arrange high-end seminars on cases where enterprises sustain losses or benefit from IP, and to discuss the strong and weak points of pilot projects. For up-starts which are small or medium-sized, we introduce our IP host service. For medium and large-sized enterprises that are sensible, we introduce our service of ‘support strong principle’, which includes IP management system consultation, training and software database tools. For enterprises that own core technology and patents and want to go international, we provide overseas IP early warning and emergency response service through carefully selected and evaluated foreign law firms. For enterprises which want to purchase, be licensed or transfer patents, we provide one-stop services, including evaluation and auction.”

During the initial six months of its launch, every aspect with respect to the workings of the IPOS proceeded as planned. As a result of these efforts, 2010 witnessed the issuance of the first phase of Zhongguancun S&T Transformation Trust Fund worth RMB 11 million and promotion of around 1,000 patent packages of the Hewlett Packard company of the US. The year also saw the completion of the trade invitation for auction patent package of the ICAP Ocean Tomo of America in China; undertaking of a research project on “Study on the Construction of an Indicator System for Evaluating the Investment Worth of Patented Techniques” of the Beijing S&T Commission; development of a “One-stop IP Services for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for the Ministry of Industry and Information and several training and international exchange programs.

Xu Xingyan further went on to state that the IPOS was not only a platform for the CTEX but also a service platform for the Zhongguancun, prepared to serve all high tech companies in the given geographical domain. Besides, it would also serve all of the high tech parks across the world. Customized IP services would be provided depending upon the specific requirements in question. IPOS, according to Xu, would also emerge as a support for intellectual property.

Xu also concluded with a very confident remark when he stated that, “This year, we have also undertaken a research project—the Patent Evaluation and Analysis Indicator System and Operating Manual—from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). The patent evaluation and analysis has been a difficult issue worldwide, and one of the top projects are in IP work. For this sake, we will pool a large number of experts from related government agencies, research institutions and corporations, and think tanks from China and other countries, to jointly develop a practical indicator system and finally a national standard.”

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The New Asia Innovation Team