China is widely known as the ‘kingdom for pirates’ where a broad range of counterfeit and knockoff products are made, sold and exported. Yet, since opening up to the world in 1978, China has adopted vigorous reforms to establish rules and institutions in an attempt to promote, exploit and protect intellectual property rights. The overarching aim is to enhance national competitiveness to sustain growth.
Yvette’s research examines those actors who are involved in constructing China’s intellectual property institutions and the evolving roles they play in the process. In addition, she addresses what forces and drivers lie behind the ambitious project of turning China into an innovative economy and a technology powerhouse.