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New insights in patent history: an application of evolutionary theory

Dent, C.ORCID: 0000-0002-1801-713X (2018) New insights in patent history: an application of evolutionary theory. Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, 8 (3). pp. 171-190.

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Inventions have been protected, in England, by patents since the sixteenth century. The patent system has undergone significant change since that time - in the nineteenth century, major legislative reforms were undertaken in the shadow of an abolitionist movement; and in the twentieth century, the system began to accommodate radical technological developments. This research applies insights from evolutionary theory, allowing a focus on the range of parties involved in the system and an acknowledgement of how these parties have changed as the system and society have developed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Copyright: © 2018 The Author
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