Inventing the Industrial Revolution: The English Patent System, 1660-1800

Inventing the Industrial Revolution: The English Patent System, 1660-1800

Christine MacLeod


This ebook examines the advance of the English patent method and its courting with technical swap through the interval among 1660 and 1800, while the patent procedure advanced from an tool of royal patronage into one in all advertisement festival one of the inventors and brands of the economic Revolution. It analyses the felony and political framework in which patenting came about and offers an account of the motivations and fortunes of patentees, who got patents for numerous reasons past the easy safety of an invention. It comprises the 1st in-depth try and gauge the reliability of the patent records as a degree of creative job and technical swap within the early a part of the economic Revolution, and means that the distribution of patents is a greater advisor to the development of capitalism than to the centres of creative task. It additionally queries the typical assumption that the manager target of inventors used to be to save lots of labour, and examines modern feedback of the patent method within the gentle of the altering conceptualisation of invention between common scientists and political economists.

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