Patent and Innovation During the Industrial Revolution in England: Reflections on Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795)
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The article explores the role of patent or lack thereof in Josiah Wedgwood’s business. It first discusses the motive behind his opposition of extension of Richard Champion’s patent and then delves into his defence of his own patent in the dispute with the alleged infringer. It aims to show the incongruence of words and deeds of a tradesman with respect to patents; more importantly, it sets out to demonstrate that the claim of patent as an incentivising measure does not bear out as far as Wedgwood is concerned; rather, it is lack of patent protection that facilitates innovation in his pottery business.
Brill | Nijhoff
Josiah Wedgwood, patent, innovation, Industrial Revolution, Richard Champion
Intellectual Property Law | Law
Liu, Deming, "Patent and Innovation During the Industrial Revolution in England: Reflections on Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795)" (2018). Books & Exhibition Catalogs. 205.