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dc.contributor.authorPottage, Alainen_US
dc.contributor.authorSherman, Braden_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:38:44Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:38:44Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-05-23T06:56:51Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780199595631en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/36589
dc.description.abstractTaking the invention as its object of study, Figures of Invention develops a radical new perspective on the making of modern patent law. It develops the first extended historical and conceptual exploration of the invention in modern patent law. Focusing primarily on the figures that make inventions material, and on how to overcome the intangibility of ideas, this intellectual challenging book makes explicit a dimension of patent law that is not commonly found in traditional commentaries, treatises and cases. The story is told from the perspective of the material media in which the intangible form of the invention is made visible; namely, models, texts, drawings, and biological specimens. This approach brings to light for the first time some essential formative moments in the history of patent law. For example, Figures of Invention describes the central role that scale models played in the making of nineteenth-century patent jurisprudence, the largely mythical character of the nineteenth-century theory that patents texts should function as a means of disclosing inventions, and the profound conceptual changes that emerged from debates as to how to represent and disclose the first biological inventions. At the same time, this historical inquiry also reveals the basic conceptual architecture of modern patent law. The story of how inventions were represented is also the story of the formation of the modern concept of invention, or of the historical processes that shaped the terms in which patent lawyers still apprehend the intangible form of the invention. Although the analysis focuses on the history of patent law in the United States, it develops themes that illuminate the evolution of patent regimes in Europe. In combining close historical analysis with broad thematic reflection, Figures of Invention makes a distinctive contribution both to the field of patent law scholarship and to emerging interdisciplinary debates about the constitution of patent law and of intellectual property in general.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherOxford University Press Inc.en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.publisher.urihttps://global.oup.com/academic/product/figures-of-invention-9780199595631en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode180199en_US
dc.titleFigures of Invention: A History of Modern Patent Lawen_US
dc.typeBooken_US
dc.type.descriptionA1 - Authored Research (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeA - Booksen_US
gro.rights.copyrightSelf-archiving is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author(s) for more information.en_AU
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSherman, Brad


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