In this issue

The European Patent Office presents awards each year for inventors, shining a light on scientists who make a difference

Unitary patenting draws nearer

Progress is being made on a global system to handle intellectual property, reports Clive Cookson

Josef Bille

Accolades for pioneers in world of science

The European Patent Office presents awards each year for inventors, shining a light on scientists who make a difference. FT reporters profile the winners

Prizes: Adding a human dimension to a bureaucratic world

The annual European Inventor Awards have become an important date in the calendar, writes Clive Cookson

Biomedicine: No end in sight for cancer gene legal saga

Andrew Jack reports on a long-running argument over the extent of exclusive rights

Smartphones: Cases with high risks for all sides

Many think a truce is needed to avert meltdown, says Richard Waters

Siemens capacitor production

Innovative companies: Fostering invention is not just about cash

The most important thing is a culture that values creative people, says James Shotter

Graphene: Invented in the UK, largely being developed elsewhere

It is the old story of failing to exploit pure research, says Pippa Stephens

European Court of Justice

EU reform: Wrangle over patent court site nears end

Officials say the row can only be settled at the highest level as part of a package of trade-offs. Alex Barker reports

illustration of law book

US reform: Overhaul ‘fails to address system’s weaknesses’

Richard Waters reports on the flaws in badly needed legislation

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