The Patent System during the French Industrial Revolution: Institutional Change and Economic Effects

  title={The Patent System during the French Industrial Revolution: Institutional Change and Economic Effects},
  author={Gabriel Galvez-Behar},
  journal={Jahrbuch f{\"u}r Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook},
  pages={31 - 56}
  • Gabriel Galvez-Behar
  • Published 1 May 2019
  • Economics
  • Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook
Abstract The influence of the patent system on the economic performance of Western countries during the Industrial Revolution is an important but difficult question to address. With the United Kingdom and the United States, France was one of the first countries to adopt a modern patent legislation in 1791. The aim of this paper is to understand the paradox of such a system, which was based on a democratic and natural-right conception of invention but turned out to be restrictive. It analyses… 

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