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Patent regimes, firms and the commodification of knowledge

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  • Benjamin Coriat
  • Olivier Weinstein

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This 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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  • Benjamin Coriat & Olivier Weinstein, 2011. "Patent regimes, firms and the commodification of knowledge," LEM Papers Series 2011/17, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:ssa:lemwps:2011/17
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    1. Rikap, Cecilia & Flacher, David, 2020. "Who collects intellectual rents from knowledge and innovation hubs? questioning the sustainability of the singapore model," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 59-73.
    2. Cecilia Rikap, 2017. "The Corporization of a Public University with Free Undergraduate Education: Endangering Autonomy at the University of Buenos Aires," World Economic Review, World Economics Association, vol. 2017(8), pages 44-59, April.

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    Keywords

    firms; financialization; institutional complementarities; knowledge based economy; labor law; property rights;
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    JEL classification:

    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems

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