A New York Times article from 1910 describes founding of Mound Bayou, a town founded on the wealth of a steamboat patent.
American slaves couldn't hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country's history.
They’re still often more expensive overseas than in Australia.
The copyright wars are set to continue, with the government releasing a Productivity Commission report arguing for a relaxation of intellectual property laws.
Obama annually welcomed students to the White House with their Science Fair projects.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
The outgoing president leaves behind some solid accomplishments in the world of science, tech and medicine. But the biggest departure from his predecessors might have been in his approach.
The ruling in the Apple-Samsung case is ambiguous, ensuring the case will drag on for years more, potentially even ending up back in the Supreme Court.
If the UK is so intent on a 'hard Brexit', why did it just ratify a court that gives the EU jurisdiction over patent disputes?
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands.
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?
Finding the way from lab bench to patent office can be hard.
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.
How much did Samsung’s phone sales depend on it looking like an iPhone?
Design patents cover how products look – but how much does appearance contribute to profits?
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Why drug maker Mylan's decision to introduce a half-price version of its EpiPen could be more than a publicity stunt.
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Google saves $9 billion, programmers and users get to keep a popular language and its apps – and a key Oracle product stays alive.
Copyright is currently skewed in favour of producers, not consumers.
The Productivity Commission's report into copyright reform will be good for the public, good for innovation and good for Australia.
A patent has far-reaching implications for future research.
U.C. Berkeley and the Broad Institute are fighting to control the patents on the revolutionary gene-editing technology. But there's a lot more at stake than just who gets the credit and licensing fees.
How scientists and corporations are plundering the developing world for new substances.
Even inventive companies have their day.
Motorola brought to market many features of mobile phones we take for granted, but it wasn't enough.
Stop printing all over my patent.
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.
Patent? What patent? (Pharmacy in Asmara, Eritrea)
There is a window of opportunity for the least developed countries to develop their own pharmaceuticals industry.
Misaki Wayengera working on his rapid diagnostic test.
Unless African governments put their money where their mouths are, innovative advances from young scientists on the continent will be stifled.
It’s a visual metaphor…
Intellectual property laws, 19th-century legislation struggling for relevance in the 21st century, are well overdue for reform.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has asked the Productivity Commission to review intellectual property.
Intellectual property is critical to Australia's success, but we don't need another review to tell us where the problems are.
An important sticking point in TTIP negotiations has US and European representatives fighting over food labels.