IJIMT 2017 Vol.8(4): 306-312 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2017.8.4.745

Assessing the Technological Development of Cloud Applications in China: A Patent Analysis

Honghua Qiu and Panbing Lu
Abstract— Cloud computing is one of the hot issues in recent years both in theory and practice. Patent information is considered an important mean of investigating the technological development. To assess the technological development of Chinese cloud applications, the patent information of cloud applications are searched from Shanghai Intellectual Property Information Platform and the technovation of Chinese cloud applications are analyzed by patent types, annual trend, main patentees/inventors, IPC distribution and technological life cycle, etc. The results of this study indicated that the patent number of cloud applications increased rapidly in recent years, nearly 90% of the patents were invention patents, most of the patents concentrated in the IPC of H04L29, G06F9 and G05B19, the domestic applicants such as INSPUR, HUAWEI and ZTE, would be challenged by the applicants from United States, South Korea and Japan.

Index Terms— Cloud computing, cloud application, patent analysis, technovation.

Honghua Qiu is with the School of Intellectual Property, Northwest University, Xi`an, China (e-mail: honghuaqiu@163.com). Panbing Lu is with the School of Intellectual Property, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, China (e-mail: 305554029@qq.com).

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Cite: Honghua Qiu and Panbing Lu, " Assessing the Technological Development of Cloud Applications in China: A Patent Analysis," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 306-312, 2017.

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