Patent regimes, firms and the commodification of knowledge
AbstractThis paper analyses the evolution of the intellectual property regime (IPR), and more precisely the patent regime, in the USA since the 19-th century. To do so, we consider intellectual property laws within the context of wider changes in capitalism, focusing on two main historical phases: firstly, the period covering the formation and development of 'corporate capitalism' dominated by large corporations and then the new phase, which opened up in the 1980s, marked by the rise to power of finance. From a perspective of institutional complementarities, we seek to show how the characteristics and implications of patent regimes can only be understood in relation to changes in the main institutional forms of capitalism: forms of the firm, the status of labour (the 'wage-labour nexus') and market forms.
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Date of creation: 19 Jul 2011
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firms; financialization; institutional complementarities; knowledge based economy; labor law; property rights;
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- O34 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
- P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
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- NEP-ALL-2011-07-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-HIS-2011-07-27 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-HME-2011-07-27 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
- NEP-INO-2011-07-27 (Innovation)
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