Comments on the Number of Valid Invention Patents Exceeds 3.3 per 10,000 People in China
In the middle of 2012, a national innovation conference was held and an important document was issued by the central government, which conducted the national scientific and technological development by the end of 2015. In the document, a development goal of valid invention patents per 10,000 Chinese people is presented. However, this goal will be achieved by the end of 2012 as predicted in this paper. Therefore, this goal is not suitable as a national goal of the 12th national development plan. Since the applied and granted Chinses patents have been the No. one in the world for a few years, using such numbers as the goal parameters in the central government document is questionable. Taking this case as an example, this paper emphasizes that the empirical research is important but is lacking nowadays in China and should be enhanced.