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Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands. Stephan Savoia/AP

What do cheerleader uniforms and smartphones have in common?

The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
Stop printing all over my patent. Enrique Dans/flickr

How 3D printing threatens our patent system

Copyright law had to figure out how to deal with digital media. Now 3D printers – and their capacity for infringement – are poised to challenge the patent system in a similar way.
Generic medicine is essential to regions like the Southern African Development Community where HIV is endemic and cheap drugs are needed. shutterstock

Explainer: the problem drug patents pose for developing countries

The generic drug industry has become essential to developing countries that need access to cheaper drugs to treat their heavy burdens of communicable diseases.

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