15-16 May 2014

Brotherton Room, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds 

(Registration required)

DAY 1: Thursday 15 May

10.30 am – Coffee available

11-11.30 – Introductions, welcome, and workshop themes (Graeme Gooday, University of Leeds, and team)

11.30-12.30  – Session 1:  General themes

Gabriel Galvez-Bahar, Université Lille  – – ‘The 1883 convention and the impossible unification of industrial property’

Stefano Barazza,  Studio Legale Barazza — ‘The Impact of Social, Cultural and Economic Factors on the Development of Patent Policies: Does Economic Growth Alone Drive International Harmonization?’

12.30-1.30 – lunch

1.30-2.30pm – Roundtable 1: ‘Anglo-American’ patent law – a historical fiction?’

Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge

Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds

Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University

Steven Wilf, University of Connecticut

 2.30-3.30pm Session 2:  India: colonial and post-colonial patent systems

Rajesh Sagar, Marks & Clerk Solicitors (in absentia) — ‘Patent Policy in India under British Raj: A Sweet and Sour Story’

Tania Sebastian, Gujarat National Law University — ‘The India Twist to Patent Culture: Investigating its history’

3.30 – 3.50pm  Coffee

3.50-5.20 pm  Session 3:  Mediterranean Europe

Alessandro Nuvolari, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa & Michelangelo Vasta Univ.Siena — ‘Independent Invention in Italy during the Liberal Age, 1861-1913’

Stathis Arapostathis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens — ‘Industrial “Property”, Law and Inventorship in Greece, 1900-1940’

Ana Romero de Pablos, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales del CSIC, Madrid — ‘Temporalities and Localities of Industrial Property rights: The Spanish Patent System from   1929 to 1986’.


6 -7pm  Public Lecture (Centenary Gallery, University of Leeds)

Mario Biagioli, University of California, Davis — ‘When Machines were Texts: The Strange History of the Idea/Expression Distinction’

Post-lecture Drinks reception 7 – 8pm  then dinner (TBC)


DAY 2: Friday 16 May

9.30-10.30 Roundtable 2:  Imperialism in the global spread of  patenting and copyright

Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge

Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds

Christine MacLeod, University of Bristol (TBC)

10.30- 11.30 Session 4: Latin America

Ted Beatty, University of Notre Dame — ‘Patents and Innovation in Late Industrialization: the Case of Mexico’

Bernardita Escobar-Andrae, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile — ‘The Promotion of Different Innovative Business Cultures by an early Latin American Patent System: the Experience of Chile 1840s-1900s’

11.30-11.40   Coffee

11.40– 12.40 Session 5:  Northern-central Europe

Karl Hall, Central European University, Budapest — ‘Ungrateful mechanics and Erfindungsautomaten: Patent reform and the value of scientific  judgment in Central and Eastern Europe’

Jose Bellido University of Kent – ‘Blanco: Patent Laws in Twentieth-Century Britain and beyond’

12.40- 2pm Lunch

2-3pm   Session 6: Focus on technologies

Patricio Sáiz  Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Rubén Amengual Universidad Politécnica de Madrid  — ‘International Patent management and the Diffusion of the Four-stroke Engine’

Kjell Ericson, Princeton University — “Science Applied in Aid of Nature”: The First Pearl Patent and Japan’s Culture of Zoological Invention, 1896-1921

3-4 pm  Session 7: Conclusions

Reflections on workshop themes and publication plans