Australia has never been short of inventors, scientists aren't always at home in the ruthless world of commerce. But if they can be given a helping hand, it could help the entire economy.
Togolese consumers are increasingly choosing Chinese replicas over 'authentic' Dutch wax prints. Their choice raises fundamental questions about the notion of intellectual property.
Olympic organizers are known for fiercely protecting their many related trademarks. It helps maintain their value – but to whose advantage?
Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.
The IOC is incredibly protective of the Olympic brand. The rings, Rio 2016, and even the flame are all heavily guarded.
The Productivity Commission's report into copyright reform will be good for the public, good for innovation and good for Australia.
The Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's intellectual property system is good. Shame it is likely to be still-born.
What happened after artists such as Michael Jackson, J.D. Salinger and Franz Kafka died suggests it'll be hard to keep Prince's unpublished work out of the public eye, regardless of his wishes.
Traditional knowledge that drives indigenous communities’ innovation in agriculture, medicine and conservation is not protected by existing international law.
Gifted musician, peerless showman – and fierce protector of his copyrighted work. Prince fought battles that changed the direction of the music industry and are helping the next generation of artists.
Composers and musicians wouldn’t have created many masterpieces if the current copyright laws had always been around.
The government has agreed to the Harper competition review recommendation on parallel imports on books, but there's still a long way to go on IP reform.
Knowledge and ideas and their application are the key to creating the conditions for the level of innovation Australia needs to build its comparative advantage.
The full text of the TPP trade deal is now public and offers some worrying lessons for how TTIP could turn out.
Australia's risks losing its valuable native plants that could help solve a global food problem. So do we need new laws to stop the seeds being taken overseas?
Copyright lasts the life of the author plus 70 years before it enters the public domain. But the author and their family are often not the beneficiary. Perhaps it's time for shrink that term.
What can Australia expect from the Trans-Pacific Partnership? We asked experts about to nominate some winners and losers.
Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
Intellectual property laws, 19th-century legislation struggling for relevance in the 21st century, are well overdue for reform.
Vodacom's battle with its former employee over the "Please Call Me" service brings home global disputes over intellectual property rights. Do South African laws adequately protect innovators?