Spanx’s founder couldn’t afford a patent attorney. So she figured out how to protect her IP herself.
Twenty years ago, American entrepreneur Sara Blakely launched a business selling shapewear that was more comfortable and more effective than anything else on the market at the time. She called the brand Spanx. And in 2021, she sold a majority share of this business to investment company Blackstone, bringing her net worth to over US$1 billion.
Blakely couldn’t have grown her business without tre
What China’s new bullishness about IP means for its economic future
It wasn’t that long ago that China had an unflattering reputation for being a copier of intellectual property. But that perception has been changing fast as the country’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Along the way, many of its technological innovations from social media to payments platforms have been ahead of the global curve.
And now, going by the recently rele
A floating box on stage is not an original idea
Kanye West is being accused of stealing ideas, again. But this time the accuser might not be so correct in her assumption that her idea is original.
Terry Rozier air balls with theft of Scream mask image
NBA star Terry Rozier has been accused of stealing the design of a mask from a movie and using it in his merchandise. Rozier, who plays for the Boston Celtics and is also known as “Scary Terry”, has been selling shirts and sweatshirts that feature his nickname and the image of the infamous mask from the 1996 movie Scream.