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Conceptual framework of strategic intellectual property management: A case study of Henan Province, China

Mingsheng Guo (Intellectual Property Office of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, People's Republic of China)
Richard Li‐Hua (Salford Business School, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Article publication date: 26 September 2008



Based upon the review of theoretical frameworks and the author's practical experiences in intellectual property (IP) management, the purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical framework which intends to accord the current development of IP management and strategy in China. It is constituted of two engines, namely innovation engine and intellectual property engine which are related closely to management of technology – a strategic instrument in creating wealth and prosperity. The latter is also stated “5‐IPs” management pattern, i.e. intellectual property advantages, intellectual property economy, intellectual property strategy, intellectual property talents, and intellectual property culture as essential factors.


Briefly, elaborating basic concepts and main characteristics of “5‐IPs”, this work discusses the theoretical framework and the application of these pattern in Henan Province of PRC.


This work presents a whole picture of how the policy makers in Henan Province developed and implemented its IP management strategy. Theoretically, this work presents a strategic framework, which intends to create an innovation model and enables the decision‐makers and IP practitioners to make more appropriate arrangement when addressing IP related issues.


This study presents the crucial tenets of the strategic framework, which underpins the identification of the appropriateness and effectiveness of China's intellectual property right (IPR) strategy. The distinctiveness of the study lies in: advancing the current literature on the establishment of IPR system in China; presenting a case study of Henan Province in terms of how the province has developed its IP management strategy; and assessing the leading changes, impact and the policy implication after the implementation of the project.



Guo, M. and Li‐Hua, R. (2008), "Conceptual framework of strategic intellectual property management: A case study of Henan Province, China", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 307-321.



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