Drug companies normally use patents to protect new treatments.
For Nollywood to fully compete at the global level, it should adopt a smart, proactive approach.
Fewer books will be available to South Africans, and the books remaining under copyright will be more expensive, if the country gives in to US pressure to extend its copyright term.
The defacing of a new Banksy mural in Bristol has raised some interesting legal questions.
Bigger penalties for pirating plants could help encourage growers to develop new varieties.
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.
Banksy's legal team has won an action to stop unauthorised products featuring his work alongside an Italian museum exhibition.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they're important.
Intelligence officials in many countries are concerned the company could be helping the Chinese government spy on companies, military units and government agencies.
Sharing seeds was common practice among farmers throughout history until the rise of agribusiness. Now seeds are trademarked and regulated, but there's a new place to get them for free: the library.
The USMCA, if ratified, will fundamentally alter North America’s political and economic structures, increasing American dominance over its neighbours.
Individual creators get too small a share of copyright's rewards. What Bryan Adams is proposing in Canada could also work in Australia to help authors get paid and keep works available to the public.
The EU has repeatedly placed great emphasis on the protection of geographical names like champagne and parmesan during trade negotiations.
We need to make monopoly tech firms more open like the internet itself.
The Trump administration’s plans to restrict visas for Chinese students to curtail intellectual property theft may be necessary, but could also scare away talent, a U.S-China relations expert warns.
Information extracted from copyrighted material should not be seen as an infringement. Such analytical use is good for society.
If companies in key industries collectively shunned the Chinese market, that would force China's leaders to take notice, with less risk of blowback.
Unfair competition law offers a more effective, targeted strategy to persuade China to play by the rules.
Canola is an example of an innovation that sprung from university research and became a major economic boon to Canada. It should be happening more often.
As the US celebrates Wine Day, China's young winemakers are a reminder of the power and value of cameraderie and cooperation in this age-old industry.