Obsolete, unused, forgotten - stacks of patents are just sitting around in drawers at the Patent Office. Once promising ideas, some are no longer relevant in today's world. But in bundles by the thousands, they're actually very valuable.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has suddenly woken up to the idea of taxing the sale of individuals' data, and has asked for suggestions on how to tackle digital companies. Should data be treated differently than car parts?
Tech enthusiasts claim Big Data could revolutionize governments and transform society. But many nations lack basic information about their populations. How can sustainable development occur when core data are so patchy?
Intellectual property (IP) is back in focus as US President Donald Trump slaps wide-ranging tariffs on China for allegedly stealing American technology and IP, and eroding US firms' competitive edge.
It's been a ropey period for Facebook, and with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg now up before Congress in the US, things may get even ropier. Can the social media stave off a decline that many have predicted?
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