Posts in Africa


A TWIST in the tale: Not your typical cola war

This case was not your typical “cola war”, but rather involved TWIST, the well-known carbonated beverage brand which has been available in South Africa since the 1970s (…
By Kelly Thompson
2 months ago 0

The Costs of Patenting in Africa: A Tale of Three Intellectual Property Systems

The African economy, which is home to more than a billion people, has tripled since the year 2000 (Michael Lalor; 2014) and currently houses 9 of the 15 fastest growing economies …

Property Rights Key to Bayh-Dole Act’s Success

The focus of the political advocates pushing march-in may be lower drug costs. But the long-term costs of ripping apart IP rights are far higher and more …
By James Edwards
1 year ago 5

Disaster Tech: Volcanic eruptions spur innovations in materials, aircraft engine diagnostics

We return to the question we’ve asked throughout our Disaster Tech series: What are the inventive systems being created in order to mitigate the threat to …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Facebook struggles to stop network use for illicit weapons sales, kidnapping and extortion

America is a leading exporter of not only weapons but also social media services and at least one major provider is finding itself caught in the crosshairs, …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

New antibodies could neutralize deadliest strains of Ebola

In mid-January, reports were issued that researchers at both the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

VRC01 and broadly neutralizing antibodies are increasing options for HIV/AIDS treatments

Proteins like VRC01 are referred to as broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs), a type of broad spectrum antibody which is effective in treating against infections of viruses with …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Possibility of bomb in Russian plane crash will shift focus towards bomb detection tech

Given all of these issues with these conventional bomb detection methods, what are the innovations being developed in response? One Israeli explosive detection tech developer, Tracense Systems, …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Protecting Innovation is not ‘Satanic Genocide’: Intellectual Property Policy in South Africa

South Africa currently faces a stark choice between protecting and incentivizing innovation and stymying life-saving therapeutic breakthroughs. Policymakers must choose between shoring up the protections that encourage …