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The battle over patents : history and politics of innovation

Author: Stephen H Haber; Naomi R Lamoreaux
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Do patents facilitate or frustrate innovation? Lawyers, economists, and politicians who have staked out strong positions in this debate often attempt to validate their claims by invoking the historical record-but they typically get the history wrong. The purpose of this book is to get the history right by showing that patent systems are the product of contending interests at different points in production chains  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Battle over patents
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2021
(DLC) 2021021173
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen H Haber; Naomi R Lamoreaux
ISBN: 9780197576151 019757615X 9780197576168 0197576168
OCLC Number: 1256590867
Description: ix, 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Patents in the History of the Semiconductor Industry: The Ricardian Hypothesis / Alexander Galetovic --
2. Do Patents Foster International Technology Transfer? Evidence from Spanish Steelmaking, 1850 --
1930 / Victor Menaldo --
3. Did James Watt's Patent(s) Really Delay the Industrial Revolution? / Sean Bottomley --
4. Dousing the Fires of Patent Litigation / Christopher Beauchamp --
5. Ninth Circuit Nursery: Patent Litigation and Industrial Development on the Pacific Coast, 1891 --
1925 / Steven W. Usselman --
6. The Great Patent Grab / Jonathan M. Burnett --
7. The Long History of Software Patenting in the United States / Gerardo Con Diaz --
8. History Matters: National Innovation Systems and Innovation Policies in Nations / B. Zorina Khan.
Responsibility: edited by Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux.

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"Do patents facilitate or frustrate innovation? Lawyers, economists, and politicians who have staked out strong positions in this debate often attempt to validate their claims by invoking the historical record-but they typically get the history wrong. The purpose of this book is to get the history right by showing that patent systems are the product of contending interests at different points in production chains battling over economic surplus. The larger the potential surplus, the more extreme are the efforts of contending parties, now and in the past, to search out, generate, and exploit any and all sources of friction. Patent systems, as human creations, are therefore necessarily ridden with imperfections; nirvana is not on the menu. The most interesting intellectual issue is not how patent systems are imperfect, but why historically US-style patent systems have come to dominate all other methods of encouraging inventive activity. The answer offered by the essays in this volume is that they create a temporary property right that can be traded in a market, thereby facilitating a productive division of labor and making it possible for firms to transfer technological knowledge to one another by overcoming the free-rider problem. Precisely because the value of a patent does not inhere in the award itself but rather in the market value of the resulting property right, patent systems foster a decentralized ecology of inventors and firms that ceaselessly extends the frontiers of what is economically possible"--

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In a new series of essays, The Battle Over Patents, 10 economists, historians and lawyers make a compelling case that patents remain the best, if imperfect, way of rewarding inventors and Read more...

 
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