03 July 2018

BOOK: Oren BRACHA, ed., The History of Intellectual Property Law [Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law Series] (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing , 2018). ISBN 978178536 8554, £517.50

Edward Elgar Publishing has just published a two-volume collection which includes some of the most important and influential articles published on the history of intellectual property law.


This comprehensive two-volume collection includes some of the most important and influential articles published on the history of intellectual property. The seminal works compiled in these volumes encompass a broad variety of specific legal fields, periods and methodological perspectives. The collection focuses on the three main subfields of intellectual property: patent, copyright and trademark law. Volume I covers patent and copyright in Britain as well as U.S. patents. Volume II discusses U.S. copyright and trademarks along with colonial and international intellectual property law.

With an original introduction by the editor, this essential compilation will be of great interest to legal historians, economic historians and anyone interested in intellectual property and its history.



Volume I

Introduction Oren Bracha

1. Pamela O. Long (1991), ‘Invention, Authorship, "Intellectual Property," and the Origin of Patents: Notes toward a Conceptual History’, Technology and Culture, 32 (4), October, 846–84
2. Joanna Kostylo (2010), ‘From Gunpowder to Print: The Common Origins of Copyright and Patent’, in Ronan Deazley, Martin Kretschmer and Lionel Bently (eds), Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyright, Chapter 1, Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 21–50
3. Carlo Marco Belfanti (2004), ‘Guilds, Patents, and the Circulation of Technical Knowledge: Northern Italy During the Early Modern Age’, Technology and Culture, 45 (3), July, 569–89
4. Liliane Hilaire-Pérez (1991), ‘Invention and the State in 18th-Century France’, Technology and Culture, 32 (4), October, 911–31
5. Martha Woodmansee (1984) ‘The Genius and the Copyright: Economic and Legal Conditions of the Emergence of the “Author”’, Eighteenth Century Studies, 17 (4), Summer, 425–48

6. Chris R. Kyle (1988), ’But a New Button to an Old Coat: The Enactment of the Statute of Monopolies, 21 James I cap.3’, Journal of Legal History, 19 (3), December, 203–23
7. Adam Mossoff (2001), ‘Rethinking the Development of Patents: An Intellectual History, 1550–1800’, Hastings Law Journal, 52 (6), August, 1255–322
8. John N. Adams and Gwen Averley (1986), ‘The Patent Specification: The Role of Liardet v. Johnson’, Journal of Legal History, 7 (2), September, 156–77
9. Eric Robinson (1972), ‘James Watt and the Law of Patents’, Technology and Culture, 13 (2), April, 115–39
10. Christine MacLeod (1999), ‘Negotiating the Rewards of Invention: The Shop-Floor Inventor in Victorian Britain’, Business History, 41 (2), April, 17–36

11. Ian Gadd (2016), ‘The Stationer’s Company in England before 1710’, in Isabella Alexander and H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui (eds), Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law, Chapter 5, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 81–95
12. Ronan Deazley (2010), ‘The Statute of Anne and the Great Abridgement Swindle’, Houston Law Review, 47 (4), December, 793–818
13. Mark Rose (1988), ‘The Author as Proprietor: Donaldson v. Becket and the Genealogy of Modern Authorship’, Representations, 23, Summer, 51–85
14. H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui (2014), ‘Copyright at Common Law in 1774
—’, Connecticut Law Review, 47 (1), November, 157 
15. Will Slauter (2013) ‘Upright Piracy: Understanding the Lack of Copyright for Journalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Book History, 16 (1), 34–61
16. Isabella Alexander (2007), 'Criminalising Copyright: A Story of Publishers, Pirates and Pieces of Eight', Cambridge Law Journal, 66 (3), November, 625–56
17. Jose Bellido and Kathy Bowrey (2014), ‘From the Author to the Proprietor: Newspaper Copyright and The Times (1842–1956)’, Journal of Media Law, 6 (2), 206–33


18. Tyler T. Ochoa and Mark Rose (2002), ‘The Anti-Monopoly Origins of the Patent and Copyright Clause’, Journal, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 49 (3), 675–706
19. L. Ray Patterson and Craig Joyce (2003), 'Copyright in 1791: An Essay Concerning the Founders' View of the Copyright Power Granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution', Emory Law Journal, 52, 909–52
20. Mario Biagioli (2006), ‘Patent Republic: Representing Inventions, Constructing Rights and Authors’, Social Research, 73 (4), Winter, 1129–72
21. Steven Lubar (1991), ‘The Transformation of Antebellum Patent Law’, Technology and Culture’, 32 (4), October, 932–59
22. Kara W. Swanson (2009), ‘The Emergence of the Professional Patent Practitioner’, Technology and Culture, 50 (3), July, 519–48
23. Adam Mossoff (2011), ‘The Rise and Fall of the First American Patent Thicket: The Sewing Machine War of the 1850s’, Arizona Law Review, 53 (1), 165–21
24. Alain Pottage and Brad Sherman (2007), 'Organisms and Manufactures: On the History of Plant Inventions', Melbourne University Law Review, 31 (2), 539–68

25. Steven W. Usselman and Richard R. John (2006), ‘Patent Politics: Intellectual Property, the Railroad Industry, and the Problem of Monopoly’, Journal of Policy History, 18 (1), 96–125
26. Catherine L. Fisk (1998), ‘”Removing the Fuel” of Interest from the ‘Fire of Genius’: Law and the Employee Inventor, 1830-1930’, University of Chicago Law Review, 65 (4), Autumn, 1127–99
27. Kara W. Swanson (2011), ‘Getting a Grip on the Corset: Gender, Sexuality, and Patent Law’, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism’, 23 (1), 57–115
28. Christopher Beauchamp (2016), ‘The First Patent Litigation Explosion’, Yale Law Journal, 125 (4), February, 848–944

Volume II

An introduction to both volumes by the editor appears in volume 1

1. Jane C. Ginsburg (1990), ‘A Tale of Two Copyrights: Literary Property in Revolutionary France and America', Tulane Law Review, 64 (5), May, 991–1031
2. Meredith L. McGill (1997), ‘The Matter of the Text: Commerce, Print Culture, and the Authority of the State in American Copyright Law’, American Literary History, 9 (1), Spring, 21–59
3. Oren Bracha (2008), ‘The Ideology of Authorship Revisited: Authors, Markets, and Liberal Values in Early American Copyright’, Yale Law Journal, 118 (2), November, 186–271
4. Robert Brauneis (2009), ‘The Transformation of Originality in the Progressive-Era Debate over Copyright in News’, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, 27 (2), 321–73
5. Zvi S. Rosen (2007), ‘The Twilight of the Opera Pirates: A Prehistory of the Exclusive Right of Public Performance for Musical Compositions’, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, 24, 1157–1218

6. Paul Duguid (2009), ‘French Connections: The International Propagation of Trademarks in the Nineteenth Century’, Enterprise and Society, 10 (1), March 3–37
7. Lionel Bently (2007), ‘The Making of Modern Trade Mark Law: The Construction of the Legal Concept of Trade Mark 1860–80’, in Lionel Bently, Jennifer Davis and Jane C. Ginsburg (eds), Trade Marks and Brands: An Interdisciplinary Critique, Chapter 1, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 3–41
8. Robert G. Bone (2006), ‘Hunting Goodwill: A History of the Concept of Goodwill in Trademark Law’, Boston University Law Review, 86 (3), June, 547–622
9. Steven Wilf (2008), ‘The Making of the Post-War Paradigm in American Intellectual Property Law’, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, 31 (2), 139–207

10. Lionel Bently (2007), ‘Copyright, Translations, and Relations Between Britain and India in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’, Chicago-Kent Law Review, 82 (3), 1181–240
11. Michael D. Birnhack (2011), ‘Hebrew Authors and English Copyright Law in Mandate Palestine’, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 12 (1), January, 201–40

12. Lionel Bently and Brad Sherman (2001), ‘Great Britain and the Signing of the Berne Convention in 1886: Part 2’, Journal, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 48 (3), Spring, 311–40
13. Catherine Seville (2008), ‘Authors as Copyright Campaigners: Mark Twain’s Legacy’, Journal, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 55 (2/3), Winter/Spring, 283–359

14. B. Zorina Khan (1995), ‘Property Rights and Patent Litigation in Early Nineteenth-Century America’, Journal of Economic History, 55 (1), March, 58–97
15. Petra Moser (2005), ‘How Do Patent Laws Influence Innovation? Evidence from Nineteenth-Century World’s Fairs’, American Economic Review, 95 (4), September, 1214–36
16. Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Kenneth L. Sokoloff, and Dhanoos Sutthiphisal, (2013), ‘Patent Alchemy: The Market for Technology in U.S. History’, Business History Review, 87 (1), Spring, 3–38


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