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The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation

Edited by: Stephen H. Haber, Naomi R. Lamoreaux

ISBN13: 9780197576168
Published: October 2021
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
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An examination of how the patent system works, imperfections and all, to incentivize innovation.

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 frequently get the history wrong.

The Battle over Patents gets it right. Bringing together thoroughly researched essays from prominent historians and social scientists, this volume traces the long and contentious history of patents and examines how they have worked in practice. Editors Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux show that patent systems are the result 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. This volume explores these shortcomings and explains why, despite all the debate, historically US-style patent systems still dominate all other methods of encouraging inventive activity.

Intellectual Property Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Preface Stephen Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux
Introduction Stephen Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux
Chapter 1. Patents in the History of the Semiconductor Industry: The Ricardian Hypothesis
Alexander Galetovic
Chapter 2. Do Patents Foster International Technology Transfer? Evidence from Spanish Steelmaking, 1850-1930
Victor Menaldo
Chapter 3. Did James Watt's Patent(s) Really Delay the Industrial Revolution?
Sean Bottomley
Chapter 4. Dousing the Fires of Patent Litigation
Christopher Beauchamp
Chapter 5. Ninth Circuit Nursery: Patent Litigation and Industrial Development on the Pacific Coast, 1891-1925
Steven W. Usselman
Chapter 6. The Great Patent Grab
Jonathan M. Barnett
Chapter 7. The Long History of Software Patenting in the United States
Gerardo Con Diaz
Chapter 8. History Matters: National Innovation Systems and Innovation Policies in Nations
B. Zorina Khan