The GPS system of global positioning satellites is just one of the innovations that have sprung from the US military and transformed our lives.
The US defence industry spawned the IT revolution. It gives us tips for how to limit climate change, but not a complete road map.
Leonardo da Vinci sketches. He invented the pulley, the parachute and the water-powered mill. None were patented.
Patents aren't the only means of rewarding inventors, and they may not always be the best. Competitions work surprisingly well, if done properly.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi is the only leader not to agree to sign up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
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Australia was hoping to get broader access to Indian markets as part of a new trade deal that covers almost half of the world's population.
Ideas shouldn’t be confined to academic institutions but should aid a country’s development.
Universities, industry and government should work together so that knowledge translates into socio-economic benefits.
Clifford Berry stands by the Atanasoff-Berry Computer.
Courtesy of Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives
The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
Slowly, Chinese and African researchers are beginning to collaborate more.
We wanted to investigate how the People's Republic of China and countries in Africa work together in science and technology.
Erik Brunetti had good reason to be optimistic after the court heard his case in April.
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The high court struck down a ban on trademarking 'immoral' or 'scandalous' words and symbols. A trademark scholar explains why that's a good thing.
The message to foreign firms is that you've got at least as good a chance of winning in a Chinese court as in your own country.
Santa Clara County produced more patents than any other U.S. county in recent history.
When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.
YKK-brand zipper on a pair of jeans.
The humble zipper has some profound things to tell us about innovation, competitive advantage and international trade.
Apple’s Tim Cook believes access to high-skill immigrants is a key source of American innovation.
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New research shows recruiting high-skilled immigrants leads to a 'meaningful' increase in innovation – and even more than spending money on research and development.
Miniature biomanufacturing kits like this prototype could revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry.
Small-batch brewers are starting to tinker with biologic drugs to meet their own medical needs. A side effect of their success would be a disruption to how big pharma makes and distributes drugs.
New research concludes that there are many “Lost Einsteins” in America – children who had the ability to become inventors but didn’t because of where they were born.
A new analysis shows how family background influences who grows up to invent. The key to turning things around? Expose kids to more inventors.
Africa has the chance to innovate and grow, with the right policies and investment.
Calestous Juma believed that Africa needed an integrated science, technology and innovation framework. The continent can make this happen.
Basic research and applications coexist in a tangled two-way ecosystem.
A new study connects the dots between published science and patented innovations, mapping just how society benefits from basic scientific research.
Are research nonprofits holding up their end of the tax-exempt bargain?
Holding patents can be a lucrative and powerful position to be in. Here's a proposal for how nonprofit patent holders can do more for the common good – and live up to their end of the tax break bargain.
Fixing electronics devices doesn’t need to be difficult.
Many companies are working to prevent customers from fixing broken smartphones and tractors. By doing so, they're missing out on an opportunity to build customer loyalty and boost profits.
This is what a marijuana plant, growing legally in Colorado, looks like.
The federal government outlaws marijuana, but many states are legalizing it. Coupled with the growing number of cannabis-related patents, the potential for court battles is dizzying.
The high cost of cancer drugs in South Africa has come under the spotlight with an investigation by the Competition Commission in the country.
If the government wants to encourage universities to translate their research to a wider audience, they should explicitly pay for it.
In March 2018, all Australian universities will be submitting key performance indicators (KPIs) on their engagement and impact to the Australian Research Council. These measure how well universities engage…