Rosy periwinkle, found in Madagascar, is used in treating some kinds of cancer.
Traditional knowledge that drives indigenous communities’ innovation in agriculture, medicine and conservation is not protected by existing international law.
Fire up the turntables, because you’re not going to hear much Prince online.
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.
It’s never made sense that Australians pay more for books that those in the US.
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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.
To remain globally competitive, Australia must focus on skills, knowledge and ideas to create the conditions for innovation.
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.
Nicotiana benthamiana growing in the wild in coastal northern Western Australia.
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?
How many of these are still protected by copyright?
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.
Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb has been busy signing deals this year.
What can Australia expect from the Trans-Pacific Partnership? We asked experts about to nominate some winners and losers.
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
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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.
It’s a visual metaphor…
Intellectual property laws, 19th-century legislation struggling for relevance in the 21st century, are well overdue for reform.
A former employee of Vodacom has taken the cell phone group to South Africa’s highest court. He claims to have invented the popular “Please Call Me” service but never got paid for it.
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?
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.
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.
Now that’s inventive! Spotted at Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers.
What's behind the fall in the figures for patent applications in Australia? Is it just a lack of innovation or is something else to blame?
Branding that will soon be lost.
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The argument that plain packaging encroaches on trademark rights is unconvincing – here's why.
Cultural icon, legal headache.
That Hartford Guy
When asked in 1977 what he would do now that Elvis was dead, his manager Colonel Parker allegedly replied: “Why, I’ll just go right on managing him!”. In Parker’s mind, neither Elvis’ name, image, likeness…
We’ve had a decade to learn from our mistakes.
Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series…
Wigan was home to a thriving soul scene in the 1970s.
Some good news for soul music lovers from an unlikely source: a recent trademark decision by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) sent a strong message that the iconography of the “northern soul…
Few would argue piracy is not changing the industry, but is it really killing it?
While legal sales of recorded music continue to suffer from widespread music piracy, the popularity of live music appears to be enjoying an unprecedented boom, particularly in the UK where new stadiums…