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Patent Cultures

Patent Cultures
Diversity and Harmonization in Historical Perspective


Part of Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law

Graeme Gooday, Steven Wilf, Gabriel Galvez-Behar, Zorina Khan, Courtney Fullilove, Edward Beatty, Bernardita Escobar Andrae, Alessandro Nuvolari, Michelangelo Vasta, Stathis Arapostathis, Ana Romero de Pablos, Karl Hall, Rajesh Sagar, Tania Sebastian, Kjell Ericson
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  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475761

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  • This book explores how dissimilar patent systems remain distinctive despite international efforts towards harmonization. The dominant historical account describes harmonization as ever-growing, with familiar milestones such as the Paris Convention (1883), the World Intellectual Property Organization's founding (1967), and the formation of current global institutions of patent governance. Yet throughout the modern period, countries fashioned their own mechanisms for fostering technological invention. Notwithstanding the harmonization project, diversity in patent cultures remains stubbornly persistent. No single comprehensive volume describes the comparative historical development of patent practices. Patent Cultures: Diversity and Harmonization in Historical Perspective seeks to fill this gap. Tracing national patenting from imperial expansion in the early nineteenth century to our time, this work asks fundamental questions about the limits of globalization, innovation's cultural dimension, and how historical context shapes patent policy. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the contested role of patents in the modern world.

    • Identifies public-directed features of national patent regimes—such as those addressing environmental and public health issues--that are often ignored
    • Provides the first historical survey of global patents in over 60 years
    • Challenges the triumphalist historical narrative of international patent harmonization
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    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475761
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductory:
    1. Diversity Versus Harmonization in Patent History: An Overview Graeme Gooday and Steven Wilf
    2. The 1883 Paris Convention and the Impossible Unification of Industrial Property Gabriel Galvez-Behar
    3. One for All? The American Patent System and Harmonization of International Intellectual Property Laws Zorina Khan
    Part II. Americas: Technical Imaginaries: U.S. Patent Models as Specimen and Specification Courtney Fullilove
    5. Mexico and the Puzzle of Partial Harmonization: Nineteenth Century Patent Law Reconsidered Edward Beatty
    6. An Early Patent System in Latin America: The Chilean Case, 1840s – 1900s Bernardita Escobar Andrae
    Part III. Southern Europe:
    7. The Italian Patent System During the Long Nineteenth Century: From Privileges to Property Rights in a Latecomer Industrializing Country Alessandro Nuvolari and Michelangelo Vasta
    8. Industrial “Property,” Law, and the Politics of Invention in Greece, 1900–1940 Stathis Arapostathis
    9. Mediation and Harmonization: Construction of the Spanish Patent System in the Twentieth Century Ana Romero de Pablos
    Part IV: Central and Eastern Europe:
    10. The Struggle over “the Social Function of Intellectual Work in the Economy of Nations”: Engineers, Patent Law, and Enterprise Inventions in Germany and their European Significance Karl Hall
    11. Multiple Loyalties: Hybrid Patent Regimes in the Habsburg Empire and its Successor States Karl Hall
    12. Patent Debates on Invention from Tsarist Russia to the Soviet Union Karl Hall
    Part V. Asia:
    13. Patent Policy in India under the British Raj: A Bittersweet Story of Empire and Innovation Rajesh Sagar
    14. The India Twist to Patent Culture: Investigating its History Tania Sebastian
    15. The Life and Times of Patent no. 2,670: Industrial Property and Public Knowledge in Early Twentieth Century Japan Kjell Ericson
    Part VI. Epilogue:
    16. Postscript Graeme Gooday and Steven Wilf.

  • Editors

    Graeme Gooday, University of Leeds
    Graeme Gooday is Professor of the History of Science & Technology in the University of Leeds' School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. From 2007-2010 he led the AHRC-funded project Owning and Disowning Invention, which produced the prize-winning Patently Contestable (2013) with co-author Stathis Arapostathis. He was also co-leader with Claire L Jones of the international research network Rethinking Patent Cultures (2014), the first workshop of which generated this Patent Cultures volume.

    Steven Wilf, University of Connecticut
    Steven Wilf is the Anthony J. Smits Professor of Global Commerce at the University of Connecticut Law School where he founded the Intellectual Property program.  He has served as Microsoft Fellow at Princeton University and Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office.  He is the author of The Law before the Law (2008), Law's Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and numerous articles.


    Graeme Gooday, Steven Wilf, Gabriel Galvez-Behar, Zorina Khan, Courtney Fullilove, Edward Beatty, Bernardita Escobar Andrae, Alessandro Nuvolari, Michelangelo Vasta, Stathis Arapostathis, Ana Romero de Pablos, Karl Hall, Rajesh Sagar, Tania Sebastian, Kjell Ericson

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