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John N. Adams

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the earliest form of patents in 500 B.C. in Greece and a pre-modern patent system in Venice, Italy in the fifteenth century, followed by a review of the origin of the United Kingdom patent system during the industrial revolution in the sixteenth century. It discusses cases and literature influential in the series of patent reforms in the nineteenth century and the development of fundamental conditions for a patent grant, including the novelty, inventive step, and sufficient disclosure for the specification as well as the introduction of the pre-grant examination on these conditions. In particular, special attention is paid to Liardet v. Johnson (1778), viewed as crucial to the development of modern patent law. The chapter also includes brief overviews of the development of patent systems in the United States, France and Germany, and patent related international agreements.

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John N. Adams

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Edited by John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru

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John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru

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Economic Growth and Change

National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

Edited by John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru

The pursuit of economic growth is at the top of every nation’s policy agenda at the end of the 20th century. This authoritative and comprehensive book goes beyond the narrowly-based convergence model of economic growth by considering global, national and regional patterns of growth from a comparative perspective.
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Richard Adams and John Bessant

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Yves Gaubiac, Brigitte Lindner and John N. Adams