Manufacturers have too much legal freedom to sell products that don’t last or are hard to repair. It’s time local law caught up with global efforts to address this environmental and consumer issue.
From diseases to climate change, we need new solutions more than ever – yet patents may be slowing us down. For example, there is growing evidence new drug development speeds up once patents expire.
The temptation to cash in on a global phenomenon might be strong. But Mattel has a history of fiercely protecting the Barbie brand with legal action.
The mānuka honey trademark case shows how Aotearoa New Zealand’s law lacks substantive protections for Māori intellectual property rights.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, recently signed the copyright law. Its provisions will be beneficial only if it is well implemented.
Powerful new AI systems could amplify fraud and misinformation, leading to widespread calls for government regulation. But doing so is easier said than done and could have unintended consequences.
The global trade of counterfeit and pirated products costs countries like Canada billions a year. Governments and industries must come together to protect Canadians.
Recent events have forced fans to reconcile their love of Dungeons & Dragons with the reality that the game’s owner, Wizards of the Coast, is a large corporation with commercial interests at heart.
How do you determine whether one brand is similar enough to another to infringe on its trademark? Researchers propose that comparing brain scans could be an option.
In open-source endowed research positions, professors release all of their intellectual property. Surveys of academics in the U.S. and Canada find most like the idea.
Bourdain’s brother, Christopher, has called for the publisher, Simon & Schuster, to halt publication until the book’s ‘many errors were corrected.’
There is a useful set of steps to follow to help the transfer of technological innovations to entrepreneurs who can put them into use.
The key to supporting science innovation is funding and shaping it at its earliest stages, while innovative ventures are still housed within universities — and even before the ventures are founded.
The Coalition planned to tax company income from patents at 17% instead of 30%. While it would have lifted the number of patents, there’s little to suggest it would have lifted productivity.
Can software be an ‘inventor’? As courts wrestle with AI patent applications, the law must change to keep up.
By implementing paywalls, making exclusive content deals and incorporating ad tech, big media companies have reshaped what was once an entirely free and open ecosystem.
Boosters and vaccinating children mean we’re relying on two pharmaceutical companies to supply Australia’s COVID vaccines. That needs to change.
Trademarking a shape of a product, or proving that a competitor is passing off their product as your own, is not easy. A high-profile settlement, though, is marketing gold.
The new variant is a warning: unless we take urgent action to correct global vaccine inequities, we risk the emergence of further variants, some of which may evade vaccines.
South Africa has a stringent pharmaceutical regulatory framework. But this framework is not backed by a strong implementation strategy.