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Patents and Industrialization: An Historical Overview of the British Case, 1624-1907 w

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  • Christine MacLeod
  • Alessandro Nuvolari

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The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the research on the role played by patent systems in the industrialization process (with a special focus on the British case). Perhaps surprisingly, no consensus has been reached yet as to whether the emergence of modern patent systems exerted a favourable impact on inventive activities. However, the recent literature has shed light on a number of fundamental factors which affect the links between inventive activities and the patent system. The concluding section of the paper outlines some "history lessons" for the current debate on the role of patent in economic development.

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Paper provided by Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy in its series LEM Papers Series with number 2010/04.

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Date of creation: 02 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ssa:lemwps:2010/04

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Keywords: patents; innovation; Industrial Revolution; economic growth;

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