Wealthy Prisoners in China Buy Get Out of Jail Patents

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Jan. 27, 2015

Wealthy prisoners in China are buying patents, which allow them to get out of jail early as part of a government scheme aimed at encouraging inventors. Under Chinese law, prison time can be reduced if convicts show they have come up with important technical innovations, but wealthy inmates are now buying ideas from other inventors and patenting them. We take a look at the scheme, in this Lip News clip with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.