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.
Generic medicine is essential to regions like the Southern African Development Community where HIV is endemic and cheap drugs are needed.
The generic drug industry has become essential to developing countries that need access to cheaper drugs to treat their heavy burdens of communicable diseases.
Louis Le Prince’s 1888 frames of Leeds Bridge.
“Who came first” may be a good game, but it doesn't lead to any clear answers.
Started with high democratic ideals, how does the U.S. Patent Office work for the 21st century?
Founded in 1790, the Patent Office aimed to put innovation and entrepreneurship within reach of every citizen. Now, 10 million patents later, critics say an out-of-touch system is doing the opposite.
Getting a patent isn’t the only possible box to check when it comes to protecting IP.
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When academics come up with a viable innovation, they need to figure out the best way to protect their intellectual property if they're going to bring it to market. Patents aren't always the answer.
Watch out for trolls squatting on patents.
Nobody loves patent trolls. But new legislation in Congress aimed at the trolls isn't necessary, since the effects of recent patent reforms are only starting to be felt.