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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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  • Christine MacLeod & Alessandro Nuvolari, 2010. "Patents and Industrialization: An Historical Overview of the British Case, 1624-1907 w," LEM Papers Series 2010/04, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:ssa:lemwps:2010/04
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    Keywords

    patents; innovation; Industrial Revolution; economic growth;

    JEL classification:

    • N73 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital

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