Here’s how Bank Zero’s patented debit cards work – and why your card number will never have to change

2019-11-13 12:14

Bank Zero has patented debit cards that have three different numbers, two of them invisible, which it says will make life a lot easier for customers when it launches in 2020.

Apple, Visa face patent infringement lawsuit over Apple Pay

2017-05-23 07:12

Apple and Visa are facing claims by a small Boston-area firm that it told them about its patented technology and sought a partnership long before Apple Pay’s debut.

SA innovators feel the funding pinch

2016-01-25 12:01

Fewer and fewer patent applications are being filed. Is a lack of funding inhibiting innovators and their ideas?

Germany, UK agree to tighten tax breaks

2014-11-11 20:00

Germany and Britain will seek other countries' backing for a deal relating to tax breaks on profits generated from patented research.

Tesla gives up patents

2014-06-13 09:48

Electric carmaker Tesla has announced it was giving up its patents to "the open source movement", to help spur electric vehicle technology.

Microsoft, Apple diverge on patent buyer

2014-04-11 13:51

Patent buyer Intellectual Ventures has persuaded Microsoft and Sony to invest in its latest acquisition fund.

US court considers patent protections

2014-03-31 13:38

The US Supreme Court will delve into the hotly contested question of when software is eligible for patent protection.

US fears for patents on next-generation drugs in India

2014-03-07 15:03

The US is concerned about Indian authorities considering allowing local firms to make new varieties of cheap generic drugs that are still on patent.

TAC hits out at Pharmagate

2014-01-17 16:00

TAC and Section 27 have expressed outrage about an alleged campaign to halt the manufacture of cheaper medicine.

Stop handing out patents – TAC

2013-10-17 12:20

Several activist groups have handed over a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry that could lead to affordable medicine.


No more easy patents

2017-09-10 06:01

The new draft of the intellectual property (IP) policy, released by the department of trade and industry, paves the way to end the country’s “extraordinarily and unjustly high” rate of granting patents. The policy was published in the Government Gaze

UK court ruling gives guidance on tech patent rights

2017-04-06 08:11

Britain's High Court has ruled that it can decide what mobile phone makers should pay to use patented technology that is essential to make mobile networks function

Anthea Jeffery: The Copyright Bill – threat to patent rights

2015-10-07 16:22

The Copyright Amendment Bill is poorly drafted, inherently vague and so potentially damaging and defective that it should simply be withdrawn, says an analyst.

'Real' Callme inventor stands up

2014-07-09 10:11

The case between Nkosana Makate and Vodacom overlooked a crucial detail, the true inventor of the disputed call-me-back service and owner of the intellectual property.

No clear winner in Samsung-Apple battle

2014-05-16 14:13

A Japanese court has ruled that Samsung may seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, but both sides claimed victory.

Apple, Samsung start $2bn patent debate

2014-04-02 10:13

Lawyers for Apple and Samsung started their major new patent case by debating the role of a company not even part of the case, namely Google.

Stop patent exploitation, urge activists

2014-03-13 17:13

Health activists have marched on the offices of the Department of Trade and Industry to demand the urgent implementation of patient-friendly legislation.

Ericsson, Samsung settle patent dispute

2014-01-27 15:15

Ericsson and Samsung have agreed to drop a long-running dispute over patents.

Apple, Samsung to mediate in US patent battle

2014-01-09 08:06

The CEOs of Apple and Samsung have agreed to attend a mediation session by mid-February to discuss their legal battle over smartphone patents.

SA tackles drugs patent reform

2013-09-10 07:52

The government has published a draft intellectual property policy with potential far-reaching effects for pharmaceutical patents, which rights groups have hailed as a move towards lower medicine costs.

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