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Parliament, Inventions and Patents
A Research Guide and Bibliography

ISBN 9780367666798
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
870 Pages

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Book Description

This book is a research guide and bibliography of Parliamentary material, including the Old Scottish Parliament and the Old Irish Parliament, relating to patents and inventions from the early seventeenth century to 1976. It chronicles the entire history of a purely British patent law before the coming into force of the European Patent Convention under the Patents Act 1977. It provides a comprehensive record of every Act, Bill, Parliamentary paper, report, petition and recorded debate or Parliamentary question on patent law during the period.

The work will be an essential resource for scholars and researchers in intellectual property law, the history of technology, and legal and economic history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part 1: Public Acts and Bills; 1. Public Patent Acts; 2. Public Acts with Patent Provisions; 3. Public Patent Bills; Part 2: Private Acts and Bills; 4. Private Acts; 5. Private Bills and Notices; 6. Private Bill Standing Orders; Part 3: Acts and Legislation of the Old Scottish and Irish Parliament; 7. Scottish Acts granted exclusive rights; 8. Manufactory Acts; 9. Other Scottish Parliamentary Material; 10. Irish Bills; Part 4: Statutory Instruments; Part 5: Parliamentary Rewards; 11. Parliamentary Rewards Granted; 12. Parliamentary Rewards Sought But Not Granted; Part 6: Parliamentary and Command Papers; 13. Parliamentary Reports into the Patent System; 14. Parliamentary Papers; 15. Reports of the Commissioner and Comptroller under the Patents Acts; 16. Reports on International Exhibitions; 17. Reports of Royal Commissions on Awards to Inventors; 18. Command Papers relating to International Treaties; 19. Command Papers relating to the British Empire Patent Proposal; Part 7: Petitions; Part 8: Parliamentary Questions and Debates; 20. Parliamentary Questions; 21. Parliamentary Debates and Comments; Index of Inventors; Index of Companies; Index of Inventions/products; Index of Parliamentarians; Index of Legislation; Index of Cases; General Index;


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Phillip Johnson is Professor of Commercial Law at Cardiff University, UK. His research interests include patent law, public law and legal history. His publications include a leading practitioner text, The Modern Law of Patents (Lexisnexis), and Privatised Law Reform: A History of Patent Law through Private Legislation, 1620–1907.


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