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Figures of Invention: A History of Modern Patent Law

Alain Pottage and Brad Sherman


Taking the invention as its object of study, this book develops a new perspective on the making of modern patent law. Focusing on the figures that make inventions material, and on how to overcome the intangibility of ideas, it makes explicit a dimension of patent law that is not commonly found in traditional commentaries, treatises, and cases. The story is told from the perspective of the material media in which the intangible form of the invention is made visible; namely, models, texts, drawings, and biological specimens. This brings to light some essential formative moments in the history of ... More

Keywords: invention, patents, patent law history, United States, Europe, scale models, patent jurisprudence, drawings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199595631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alain Pottage, author
Reader in Law, London School of Economics

Brad Sherman, author
Professor of Law, Griffith University, Brisbane