This year's national invention exhibition will highlight patent commercialization by organizingmatchmaking between inventors and entrepreneurs, said Lu Dahan, secretary-general of theChina Association of Inventions, at a news conference on Friday in Beijing.

One of the biggest galas of its kind in China, the National Exhibition of Inventions was first held in1985 and has showcased more than 20,000 patented research results during its past 20sessions.

The 2015 National Exhibition of Inventions is due to be held in Yongkang, Zhejiang province, fromOct 24 to 27.

Co-hosted by the China Association of Inventions and the local government, the four-day event isexpected to attract participants from the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regionsand Taiwan, as well as the Chinese mainland, along with military units, who will display their latestscientific achievements that have both patents and promising market prospects.

The exhibition will be held in the new Yongkang International Convention and Exhibition Center.Built in 2011, the new venue has hosted about 100 forums, according to the local government.

Exhibition areas for teenage inventors and young entrepreneurs will be set up and severalinnovation and intellectual property forums will also be held.

"Patents can bring real benefits to the public and earn inventors profits only if they arecommercialized," Lu said.

Although many efforts have been made by Chinese governments at all levels, patentcommercialization still remains a tough issue, he noted.

"One of the biggest problems for most of the individual inventors is the lack of funding andinvestment. It is difficult for them to apply for the government funds, and the number of angelinvestment agencies is not enough to meet the demand," Lu said.

Some inventors, especially retired scientists and researchers, have problems understanding theneeds of markets, overvaluing their patents and cooperating with others, he added.

From this year, the National Exhibition of Inventions, which is held everytwo years, plans to settle in Yongkang permanently, which "will injectcontinuous impetus to promote Yongkang's economic transition", saidChen Meirong, executive vice-mayor of the city.

Chen said the local government attached great importance to theexhibition and was supported by the provincial science and technologydepartment and the intellectual property office.

Yongkang was chosen as the new permanent venue because it hasgood business and industrial environment, Lu said.

"Yongkang has a large number of self-employed businessmen whohave a strong demand for industrial upgrades and transformation. Also the local government isservice-oriented and has high working efficiency," he said.

"With joint efforts by the association and the Yongkang government, we hope the nationalinvention exhibition can serve individual inventors, companies and investors," Lu added.
Yongkang has a thriving private economy, with hardware manufacturing as its pillar industry,which has earned the county-level city the name "hardware city of China".

It is also one of the richest regions in China, with annual per-capita GDP reaching more than$10,000. In 2014, the city's GDP exceeded 45 billion yuan ($7 billion), an annual increase of 8percent.

Individuals and companies in Yongkang filed more than 2,600 patent applications this year, ofwhich 2,417 were authorized, which ranked the city top in Jinhua in terms of both patentapplications and authorizations.

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An inventor demonstrates his product - a bed that helps look after the elderlyand handi caped peole - at the 2014 International Exhibition of Inventions,co-organized by the China Association of Inventions and InternationalFederation of Inventors' Associations.