A PatentA patent gives an inventor the right to stop other people making or using their invention. If someone makes or uses that invention without being allowed to, the inventor can sue that person in court to make them stop. The inventor can sell the patent to another person or company.
A patent lasts for up to 20 years, depending on the country. After that, anyone can copy the invention.
- James Puckle's 1718 early autocannon was one of the first inventions required to provide a specification for a patent.
The English patent system evolved from its early medieval origins into the first modern patent system that recognised intellectual property in order to stimulate invention; this was the crucial legal foundation upon which the Industrial Revolution could emerge and flourish. By the 16th century, the English Crown would habitually abuse the granting of letters patent for monopolies. After public outcry, King James I of England (VI of Scotland) was forced to revoke all existing monopolies and declare that they were only to be used for "projects of new invention". This was incorporated into the Statute of Monopolies(1624) in which Parliament restricted the Crown's power explicitly so that the King could only issue letters patent to the inventors or introducers of original inventions for a fixed number of years. The Statute became the foundation for later developments in patent law in England and elsewhere.
My QuestionsKept on running into this info about various patents which were issued back in the day. I mean like way back: 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Keeping in mind all those “19th century outlaw” western type movies (or the 17th century “Three Musketeers”) a certain doubt started to brew in my mind.
KD: What kind of society did they really have to allow for proper enforcement of the Patent Law? From my “narrative compliant” understanding of those times, I cannot imagine any patent enforcement being anywhere on the list of priorities back than. Yet, it had to be, according to the above wiki info. To be honest, I do not even understand how an idea of a “patent” could even be fathomed during the late Medieval, early Renaissance periods.
Here is something for a little comparison:
- The last execution of the Inquisition was in Spain in 1826. This was the execution by garroting of the school teacher Cayetano Ripoll for purportedly teaching Deism in his school. In Spain the practices of the Inquisition were finally outlawed in 1834.
Am I being too suspicious, or you see anything weird in this as well? How could intelectual property be a part of that society?