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Students buy patents to qualify for residency

SHANGHAI has tightened scrutiny of patent applications after non-resident students were found to have bought patents to qualify for permanent city residence.

Many seniors were caught buying patents from agents or hiring others to apply for patents in their name to benefit their applications for permanent residence, which carries employment, medical care and pension benefits.

The city government grants priority to non-local students with a patent or applying for one when giving out residence certificates to encourage innovation.

"Students can get a patent for exterior design after paying 2,000 yuan (US$293)," an agent calling herself Shi Chunhua told Shanghai Daily.

"You don't have to have any innovative idea, we will do the whole process for you," she added.

"We have started to regulate the market which is a bit in disorder," said Tian Lei, an official in charge of graduate employment at the Shanghai Education Commission.


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