TITLE

On the relevance of Indigenous Standard Setting Policy: the Case of TD-SCDMA in China

AUTHOR(S)
Vialle, Pierre
PUB. DATE
May 2012
SOURCE
International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research;2012, Vol. 36, p183
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The design and setting of indigenous standard has been a key element of the Chinese Science and Technology policy, in order to lessen the financial burden of foreign IPRs and to develop innovation capabilities. While an indigenous innovation policy is a crucial component of a successful catching-up trajectory, indigenous standard setting is particularly risky because of the specific economic characteristics of standards. Competition between standards is path dependent and subject to increasing returns, which makes indigenous standard difficult to compete with established global standards. In this paper, we analyse and assess the Chinese initiative to develop and launch a domestic mobile 3G standard called TD-SCDMA. Our analysis tends to confirm the predictive prescription of the literature on competition between standards and raises doubts about isolated domestic standard setting policy.
ACCESSION #
85643982

 

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