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Pioneers of blue LEDs dazzle Nobel Committee

This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics, three Japanese-born scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, are credited with breakthroughs in solid state lighting (associated with blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) that have catalyzed the development and widespread uptake of a new source of high quality, energy efficient and eco-friendly white light.

Navigating driverless cars

Driverless car are slowly moving from the realm of science fiction to reality. What are some of the broader issues that may arise as this new driving phenomenon gains traction?

The threat of signal piracy to broadcasters serving minority communities

Like other broadcasters, Univision, the leading media company serving the Hispanic community in the USA, faces the global challenge of signal piracy every day but lacks effective legal remedies to tackle it. Univision believes the time is ripe for a new international agreement on broadcasting.

IP and sports: a winning formula

Sports events are no longer simply a means of entertainment, they are also big business. And IP plays a central role in enabling organizers of major sports events to generate economic value and fund their high-profile competitions.

Commercializing IP: changing academic mindsets in the Philippines

The drive to promote IP commercialization on campuses across the Philippines is beginning to yield results. The University of San Carlos is the first to patent its breakthrough solid waste management technologies.


Marvel's Superhero Licensing

June 2012 - Comic books, once associated with geeky adolescent boys and low-budget entertainment, now are linked to celebrities and big money. What's changed since the dawn of the concept in the 1930s? Movies!

Guaranteeing Access to Knowledge: The Role of Libraries

August 2012 - Libraries are keenly aware of the need to maintain the balance between protecting the rights of authors and safeguarding the wider public interest.

3-D printing and the future of stuff

April 2013 - One of the most exciting innovations to emerge in recent times, 3-D printing offers the realistic possibility that anyone, anywhere in the world can produce any object they need on demand.

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