Tagged: patents

Too few women get to invent – that’s a problem for women’s health - Hot off the press

Guest Author Jun 30, 2021

Rem Koning, Harvard Business School   MacArthur Genius and MIT professor Linda Griffith has built an epic career as a scientist and inventor, including growing a human ear on a mouse. She now spends her days unpacking the biological mechanisms underlying endometriosis, a condition in which uterus-like tissue grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis can be brutally painful, … Read More

kary mullis, pcr, & covid tests - BioBlog

Alison Campbell May 19, 2021

You’ve probably come across the name Kary Mullis recently, via social media. He’s best remembered for his invention (along with a team of other researchers) of the Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR for short (and for many biology students was probably immortalised in their memories via this earworm of an advertisement¹). This turned out to be a very powerful … Read More

Vaccine patents - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 12, 2021

This week’s Newsroom column covered some of the arguments around increasing vaccination rates in poor countries by voiding patents. It won’t work. A snippet: Fundamentally, voiding patents is an unserious way of dealing with a serious problem. The world needs substantial expansions in vaccine manufacturing capabilities as quickly as possible. Replicating the processes used by successful manufacturers is not … Read More

The big barriers to global vaccination: patent rights, national self-interest and the wealth gap - COVID-19

Guest Author Jan 21, 2021

Ilan Noy, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Ami Neuberger, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology We will not be able to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us until the world’s population is mostly immune through vaccination or previous exposure to the disease. A truly global vaccination campaign, however, would look very different from what we are … Read More

Science in NZ: How are we doing? - News

John Kerr Nov 30, 2016

A ‘big picture’ report on the New Zealand science system shows Kiwis are pretty good at publishing top-notch research and collaborating with scientists overseas, but there is room for improvement on our business R&D spending.  The 2016 Science and Innovation System Performance Report was released yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The report aims to give policy-makers, academics and … Read More

The effects of patent trolls - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Aug 28, 2014

There is a new organisational form, called the non-practicing entity (NPE), in the world of intellectual property. NPEs have recently emerged as a major driver of IP litigation. The idea is that NPEs amass patents not for the sake of producing any actual product, but rather they aim to prosecute infringements of their patent portfolios. (rent-seeking?) The rise of NPEs … Read More

Do patents stifle cumulative innovation? - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 26, 2014

This important question is ask by Joshua Gans at the Digitopoly blog. The question is whatever other benefits and faults there might be with the patent system, a fault that really matters for the operation of the system and for growth prospects is how patents might stifle cumulative or follow-on innovation. Gans writes,The standard, informal theory … Read More

The TPP – what does it mean for science? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 05, 2012

Right now, hundreds of diplomats and trade experts from around the Asia Pacific region are ensconced at Sky City convention centre in Auckland for top-secret negotations as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Credit: GlobalTradeWatch CC Flickr The level of secrecy alone is of great concern and to some, anti-democratic, let alone what is actually being concocted in the latest draft … Read More