Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

“Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes. The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a crowdfunding campaign. He even shot a professional promo video, showing a … Read more

Ray Kurzweil: Accelerating Tech Is Making Old Intellectual Property Laws Obsolete

“As technology and innovation move faster and faster, concerns over ownership and access continue to increase. In answer to a question at a Singularity University event, Ray Kurzweil suggested we need to rethink intellectual property laws to more realistically match today’s pace. Intellectual property laws from the 19th century were envisioned with roughly 20-year cycles, … Read more

Owning it : a creative’s guide to copyright, contracts and the law (book)


Author: Sharon Givoni Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Australian intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains in ‘plain English’ how the law applies to creative industries. Packed with real-life case studies and user-friendly flowcharts and tables that simplify Australian legal terms, processes and procedures, Owning It demystifies law for creatives. This guide … Read more

Introduction to intellectual property (book)


Author: Anne Fitzgerald, Dimitrios Eliades Intellectual property law is of increasing importance across a broad range of business and social activities. An understanding of how the copyright, trade marks, patents and designs systems can be effectively used to secure commercial advantage, and how business reputation and confidential information can be protected, is now essential for … Read more

This Detroit Entrepreneur Is the First African-American Woman to Score a Patent for a Natural Haircare Product

“At the time when Gwen Jimmere invented a new haircare product, she didn’t know it was going to be a success. She also didn’t know she’d be the first African American woman to hold a U.S. patent for a natural haircare product. The natural hair industry is estimated to be a $2.7 billion industry, and it’s … Read more

Why you don’t need a patent to start a startup

“A lot of entrepreneurs we talk to believe that getting a patent is some sort of prerequisite to starting a startup. But in most cases patents are something an early-stage startup should totally avoid. Here’s why you don’t need a patent and what can you do to reasonably protect your intellectual property.” Read more Mark McDonald StartupSmart 18 Dec … Read more

Academic entrepreneurs’ intellectual property strategies should include more than only patents

“As the director of the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto, I work with students, postdoctoral fellows and even faculty members who are interested in commercializing their research. Since 2010, over 100 teams – from the fields of optics, material science, chemistry, computer science and others – have participated in the Impact Centre’s entrepreneurship … Read more

Patent applications are down in Australia thanks to tougher rules

“The number of patent applications filed over a period is often used as a measure of an nation’s success in innovation. But the latest figures released by IP Australia show there’s been a decline in the number of applications filed. Australia has a two-tier patent system. A standard patent provides exclusive rights in the invention for … Read more