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Can software be an ‘inventor’? As courts wrestle with AI patent applications, the law must change to keep up.
Hospital staff in Lagos, Nigeria, administer the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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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.
Attorneys for Apple heading to court during the so-called smartphone patent wars.
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Too many patents and too little information about them makes it hard for the system to weed out patents that unfairly block inventors.
Thomas Edison remains the poster child of American invention 89 years after his death.
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The story of invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
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.
In the case of mānuka honey, there are serious questions about what authenticity actually means.
While industry bodies fight over who can claim that their mānuka honey is authentic, Māori interests are often left out of the debate.
The Saint Regis Mohawk tribe has struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Allergan. But the deal may do more harm than good.
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.
Elon Musk struck a blow for open IP, so should other sustainable industries go the same way?
A New York Times article from 1910 describes founding of Mound Bayou, a town founded on the wealth of a steamboat patent.
American slaves couldn’t hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn’t stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country’s history.
The ruling in the Apple-Samsung case is ambiguous, ensuring the case will drag on for years more, potentially even ending up back in the Supreme Court.
Only by importing and manufacturing generic drugs can developing nations afford to meet their people’s health care needs.
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After nearly two decades of legal battles and negotiations, South Africa is moving to cut the cost of medicines with policies to increase imports and local production of generic drugs.
How much did Samsung’s phone sales depend on it looking like an iPhone?
Design patents cover how products look – but how much does appearance contribute to profits?
Copyright is currently skewed in favour of producers, not consumers.
The Productivity Commission’s report into copyright reform will be good for the public, good for innovation and good for Australia.
How scientists and corporations are plundering the developing world for new substances.
Stop printing all over my patent.
Copyright law had to figure out how to deal with digital media. Now 3D printers – and their capacity for infringement – are poised to challenge the patent system in a similar way.
Trade minister Andrew Robb attends negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Sydney last year.
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Over the next few weeks, the trade minister will be under intense pressure to renege on the government’s commitment to reject anything in the Trans Pacific Partnership that could undermine the PBS.
Watch out for trolls squatting on patents.
Nobody loves patent trolls. But new legislation in Congress aimed at the trolls isn’t necessary, since the effects of recent patent reforms are only starting to be felt.
Challenges to the patents for BRCA mutation tests in Australia and the United States resulted in opposing conclusions.
Recent cases in Australia and the United States and a new case in Canada show how controversial the subject of gene patents is. But technological advances and the cost of patenting may soon mean gene patents…