Privatised Law Reform: A History of Patent Law through Private Legislation, 1620-1907: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Privatised Law Reform: A History of Patent Law through Private Legislation, 1620-1907

1st Edition

By Phillip Johnson

Routledge

208 pages

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Description

In the history of British patent law, the role of Parliament is often side-lined. This is largely due to the raft of failed or timid attempts at patent law reform. Yet there was another way of seeking change. By the end of the nineteenth century, private legislation had become a mechanism or testing ground for more general law reforms. The evolution of the law had essentially been privatised and was handled in the committee rooms in Westminster. This is known in relation to many great industrial movements such as the creating of railways, canals and roads, or political movements such as the powers and duties of local authorities, but it has thus far been largely ignored in the development of patent law. This book addresses this shortfall and examines how private legislation played an important role in the birth of modern patent law.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements

Notes on sources

Table of cases

Tables of legislation

  1. A history of patents
  2. Private Bill procedure
  3. The beginnings
  4. The protection of inventions by enactment
  5. The non obstante clause and the right to work
  6. The restriction and regulation of company patents
  7. The specification and its concealment
  8. The prolongation of patents
  9. The grant of Parliamentary rewards: an alternative
  10. Restoration and renewal fees
  11. Re-dating and priority fights
  12. The end of private business

Bibliography

About the Author

Phillip Johnson is the Professor of Commercial Law at Cardiff University. 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 Parliament, Inventions and Patents: A Research Guide and Bibliography (Routledge).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS010000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Law
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
LAW050000
LAW / Intellectual Property / General
LAW050010
LAW / Intellectual Property / Copyright
LAW050020
LAW / Intellectual Property / Patent
LAW060000
LAW / Legal History
LAW099000
LAW / Science & Technology
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory