ADVICE is to be sought from China this year on establishing a centre to develop industrial technology. A detailed proposal is to be drafted next month after the Government has consulted the Industry and Technology Development Council and other interested parties, legislators were told. The proposal for an applied research centre was mooted by the Governor in his policy speech in October. The centre is expected to draw the expertise of local tertiary institutions and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in an effort to help manufacturing industries move up the technology and research ladder. Secretary for Trade and Industry Brian Chau Tak-hay said the detailed proposal would suggest where the centre should be built. Legislators were concerned that the copyright on research products invented at the centre might be a source of conflict, because both sides had different legal concepts governing intellectual property rights.