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Competition for funds means securing patents to retain an edge over rivals
Singapore’s Daren Tang beat Chinese contender for World Intellectual Property Organisation role
Chinese nationals head four UN specialised agencies, no other country leads more than one
Much intellectual property law recognises only humans, posing problems for future innovation
Legal experts submit two machine-designed products in landmark test of patent law
Rush to protect technological ideas leads to patent applications trebling in 2017
East Asia and US clusters score highly but Europe and UK struggle, study shows
Applications surge 45% to challenge lead of US and Japan in international filings
UN agency outpaces tech groups to develop machine adept with technical language
Chinese applications have risen 30-fold this century, mainly in computing and digital communications
The majority of patent applications now come from outside Europe
Region’s share of global patent filings falls to 5.8%, the lowest on record
Big reforms in the EU and the US have been accompanied by the wider uptake of patents internationally, reports Clive Cookson
James Shotter reports on a big stride in protection of intellectual property
More needs to be done to stamp out “fake and shoddy” products