The process will take months, if it's even approved. But just the threat of waiving intellectual property rights could spur faster action.
The change in the US position signals how clearly the success of every country in fighting the pandemic depends on vaccinating the whole world.
Licensing agreements between pharmaceutical companies and the Medicines Patent Pool, in cooperation with the WHO, could accelerate access to doses for the poorest countries.
India and South Africa are pressing the World Trade Organization to waive patent rights to help ramp up vaccine production. There's a better solution.
Australia has joined a handful of countries resisting a push to relax intellectual property rules related to COVID vaccines.
Too many patents and too little information about them makes it hard for the system to weed out patents that unfairly block inventors.
A transcript of The Conversation Weekly podcast episode #3.
Gen Z have been collaboratively writing Ratatouille the Musical on TikTok – but what do the terms of service say about who owns the art?
The defacing of a new Banksy mural in Bristol has raised some interesting legal questions.
The deal represents a trade war truce but doesn't resolve the underlying tensions that led to the two-year-old conflict.
The US and China have reportedly agreed on a partial deal to ease tensions in the two-year old trade war. Does that mean it's almost over? Fat chance, an economist says.
Intelligence officials in many countries are concerned the company could be helping the Chinese government spy on companies, military units and government agencies.
The ongoing NAFTA renegotiations could put a Canadian national pharmacare program in jeopardy, and have a particular impact on Canadians who need expensive arthritis drugs. Here's how.
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.
China established a system of approving foreign investments on condition the businesses involved agreed to partner with local firms and transfer knowledge and skills to the local Chinese market.
Even though Australia sides with the US on more areas of policy, it should be careful about being dragged into the back-and-forth of sanctions between the US and China.
Blockchain technology is flourishing in an open-source environment, which raises the question of whether current intellectual property laws are the best tools to foster innovation.
There are some strong arguments for giving machines the rights to their creations.
Amazon this week purchased the global rights to J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings to turn it into a television series. What are the implications for Australia's content and its global reach?