Tech giants battle for trade secrets

Facebook was this year slapped with a $500-million fine for IP infringement and false designation over its virtual reality technology

Stealing trade secrets can be ruinous for a company aiming to get rich by marketing intellectual property belonging to a potential competitor

Patents are lifeblood of pharmas

Pharama production line

Safeguarding intellectual property is essential for pharmaceutical companies that need a monopoly period to recoup often substantial investment

The true story of fake goods being sold online

Almost 90 per cent of Apple products sold on Amazon’s US site are reportedly fakes

Online marketplaces, such as Amazon and eBay, are fertile ground for fraudsters selling fake goods at knockdown prices to eager shoppers

8 times the underdog won a IP battle

The Starbucks “duffin”

Lady Justice wears a blindfold, holding her scales to weigh the law impartially, without reference to wealth, power or status. But can a minnow really win an intellectual property case against a better-funded adversary?

Canada gets tough on pharmas


The Canadian government is probably one the last suspects when it comes to charges of stifling innovation, but the pharmaceutical world is still struggling to deal with its hard-line approach to patent law

The UK government should treat IP as a priority post-Brexit

ETIENNE SANZ DE ACEDO Chief executive International Trademark Association

The UK looks set to leave the European Union and the single market by the summer of 2019. There are a number of factors for UK companies to consider ahead of the country’s departure to ensure their businesses can survive, and indeed thrive, post-Brexit. Moreover, this may prove critical for the UK to retain its place as one of the world’s most innovative economies

The world’s most innovative countries in 5 charts

Switzerland beats the UK and takes the top spot as the world’s most innovative country in the World Intellectual Property Organization's Global Innovation Index 2015

Take care of valuable company secrets

Companies should draw up a comprehensive and robust strategy to protect the intellectual property of valuable design and manufacturing secrets