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Japan wants to teach kids how to patent their ideas

China's move up the global patent ranking worries its neighbor

Hitomi Hirabayashi obtained a patent for a bicycle parking system when she was in the fifth grade.

TOKYO -- Until 2016, Japan was No. 2 in international patent applications, after the U.S. Now China holds that spot.

China overtook Japan in 2017, according to World Intellectual Property Organization data. It was the first time for China to clinch the position.

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