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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.
Most scientific discoveries these days aren't easily ascribed to a single researcher. CRISPR is no different – and ongoing patent fights underscore how messy research can be.
A bioethicist explains a recent report that recommends how to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine equitably.
Many countries recruit overseas talent in science and technology, but China's approach to gaining intellectual property is particularly aggressive.
Inventors in states with more socially liberal laws on the books end up with more diverse collaborators – and more higher-impact patents.
A unique challenge is emerging in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine: how to balance intellectual property rights with serving the public good.
There's a risk Australia won't get access to everything it will need need. It can take are simple stepsto make sure patents don't get in the way.
Drug companies normally use patents to protect new treatments.
Car makers need access to the latest telecoms technology, but Nokia refuses to grant licenses because manufacturers won't pay up. So the disputes begin...
The US defence industry spawned the IT revolution. It gives us tips for how to limit climate change, but not a complete road map.
Patents aren't the only means of rewarding inventors, and they may not always be the best. Competitions work surprisingly well, if done properly.
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.
Universities, industry and government should work together so that knowledge translates into socio-economic benefits.
The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
We wanted to investigate how the People's Republic of China and countries in Africa work together in science and technology.
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.
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.
The humble zipper has some profound things to tell us about innovation, competitive advantage and international trade.