Journal article

PARLIAMENTARY REWARDS AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE PATENT SYSTEM

Robert Burrell, Catherine Kelly

CAMBRIDGE LAW JOURNAL | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

This article examines the impact on the patent system of rewards for innovation across the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. During this period, Parliament would regularly grant rewards to inventors, with many of these rewards being set out in legislation. This legislation provided Parliament with the opportunity to promote a model of state support for inventors: a model that made public disclosure of the invention a precondition for assistance. This had important implications for patent law, in particular, in helping to develop the role of the patent specification and the doctrine of sufficiency of disclosure. In this way, the reward system helped establish the framework under whic..

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