A staff member taking down a product poster on July 21, 2011, in a shop in the Yunnan provincial city of Kunming, which disguises itself as a bona fide Apple store, by copying everything from the genuine shop’s logo, decor down to the uniform and identification tags. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

China puts IP rights in sight as world’s factory evolves from bootleg hub to top patent owner

China led the world in the number of patents filed last year, holding 42.8 per cent of total filings, up 4.8 percentage points from the previous year

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A staff member taking down a product poster on July 21, 2011, in a shop in the Yunnan provincial city of Kunming, which disguises itself as a bona fide Apple store, by copying everything from the genuine shop’s logo, decor down to the uniform and identification tags. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song
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Wendy Wu

Wendy Wu

Wendy Wu is a Beijing-based reporter focusing on international finance and diplomacy. Her journalism career spans a decade and she has been reporting for the Post since 2015. Wendy has a master's degree in finance from Germany's University of Freiburg.

Eric Ng

Eric Ng

Eric joined the SCMP in 1998 after brief stints in a trading company and translation and editing roles at Dow Jones and Edinburgh Financial Publishing. He has close to 20 years of experience covering China's energy, mining and industrial materials sectors, and has recently added biotechnology to his coverage. Eric has a Masters of Business Administration degree.

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Liu Zhen

Liu Zhen joined the Post in 2015 as a reporter on the China desk. She previously worked with Reuters in Beijing.