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

Phillip Johnson (North Carolina State University, USA.)



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20 November 2017
Legal history; Private & Civil law: general works; Patents law
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.
By:   Phillip Johnson (North Carolina State University USA.)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   576g
ISBN:   9781138565555
ISBN 10:   1138565555
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   20 November 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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).

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