As China looks to enter a new era of innovation-led tech, it hopes to leave behind its reputation for copying the world’s hardware. It’s a difficult task for a country that still finds itself constantly skirting IP issues. However, changes in global tech innovation could mean China’s innovation drive could look very different to its parallel markets.

“Hardware innovation used to be very linear. It was hugely dependent on the rate of technical discovery, such as phones getting smaller or faster,” said Duncan Turner, General Partner& Program Director of HAX at TechCrunch Shanghai 2015. “However, hardware innovation is no longer linear, thanks to IoT innovations.”

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com