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Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook

Ed. by Ziegler, Dieter

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Volume 60, Issue 1


Seeking International Coordination: The Norwegian Patent Law of 1885

Prof. Dr. Bjørn L. Basberg
Published Online: 2019-06-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbwg-2019-0007


During the 1870s and 80s many countries revised their national patent laws. This was also a period when international co-operation was intensified to reach an agreement on patent legislation. It culminated in the Paris Patent Convention of 1880, leading to an increased harmonization of the various national patent laws. In Norway the revision of the patent law was set in motion in the 1870s, culminating in a new law in 1885. The paper analyses this process, and in particular how it related to legislative work that went on abroad.

JEL Classification: K 49; N 63; O 25; O 30; O 31; O 38

Keywords: Patent history; patent legislation; patent convention; international cooperation; the Second Industrial Revolution; Patentgesetzgebung; Patentkonvention; internationale Kooperation; Zweite Industrielle Revolution

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Prof. Dr. Bjørn L. Basberg

Bjørn L. Basberg (b. 1952) is a Professor in Economic History at the Norwegian School of Economics. His main research interests are within the history of technology and economic history relating to 20th century maritime industries (whaling and shipping). His doctoral thesis (1984), submitted to the Norwegian School of Economics, was about patents and technological development in Norway, 1840-1980. He has published papers on the history of patents, whaling history, maritime history and industrial history among others in the journals: Scandinavian Economic History Review, Research Policy, International Journal of Maritime History, Polar Record and Business History.

Published Online: 2019-06-05

Published in Print: 2019-05-27

Citation Information: Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook, Volume 60, Issue 1, Pages 157–179, ISSN (Online) 2196-6842, ISSN (Print) 0075-2800, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbwg-2019-0007.

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