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Industrial Property Institutions, Patenting, and Technology Investment in Spain and Mexico, c. 1820-1914

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  • Beatty, Edward

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    (University of Notre Dame)

  • Saiz, Patricio

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    (Departamento de Análisis Económico (Teoría e Historia Económica). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

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This paper explores the nature and implications of nineteenth century patent law in two late-industrializing countries: Spain and Mexico. Both inherited earlier ancien regime monopoly practices, both adopted aspects of modern, codified patent systems in the early nineteenth century, and both sought primarily to encourage innovation and especially the introduction of foreign techniques. Mexico, however, abandoned this orientation in 1890 in favor of an emphasis on supporting inventive activity while Spain retained this orientation until recently. After presenting an overview of the conceptual and historical issues regarding comparative patent systems in section one; section two compares the nature of the Spanish and Mexican systems in the nineteenth century; while sections three and four examine the implications of patent law: its impact on trends in patenting behavior and —more tentatively— its probable consequences for investment in technological change.

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Paper provided by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History) in its series Working Papers in Economic History with number 2007/02.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:uam:wpapeh:200702

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Keywords: Spain and Mexico Economic History; Patents; Technological Change; Technology Transfer.;

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  1. Sokoloff, Kenneth L., 1988. "Inventive Activity in Early Industrial America: Evidence From Patent Records, 1790–1846," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 48(04), pages 813-850, December.
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