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Patent law
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Patent law regulates the capacity of inventions, that is, intellectual and creative accomplishments, for legal protection and the form of that protection itself, in a technical area. This concept was by no means self-evident in the early modern period, but rather was controversial with respect to economic policy in some cases.

1. The early modern period

In the late Middle Ages and particularly in the early modern period, technological inventions were protected by privileges in Continental Europe. As te…

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Pahlow, Louis, “Patent law”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025324>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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