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The British Patent System and the Industrial Revolution 1700-1852: From Privilege to Property

ISBN13: 9781107058293
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The British Patent System and the Industrial Revolution 1700-1852 presents a fundamental reassessment of the contribution of patenting to British industrialisation during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It shows that despite the absence of legislative reform, the British patent system was continually evolving and responding to the needs of an industrialising economy. Inventors were able to obtain and enforce patent rights with relative ease. This placed Britain in an exceptional position. Until other countries began to enact patent laws in the 1790s, it was the only country where inventors were frequently able to appropriate returns from obtaining intellectual property rights, thus encouraging them to develop the new technology industrialisation required.

Intellectual Property Law, Legal History
1. Introduction

Part I. The Patent 'System':
2. The administration of patents: a poor man's tale?
3. The jurisprudence of patents: the specification requirement
4. Of patents and pirates: the adjudication of patent disputes
5. The substantive development of patent law
Conclusion to Part I

Part II. Patents and Technology:
6. Patents and the Industrial Enlightenment
7. The market in patent rights
8. Patents and the Newcomen and Watt steam engines
9. Capital, patents and the joint-stock company
Conclusion to Part II.