Talk:History of patent law

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Duplication of content[edit]

Much of the History of Patents section of the Patent article duplicates what's here (some of does so verbatim). I suggest removing the material from the Patent article and merging it here.Bryan 21:47, 14 December 2005 (UTC)

I concur with your proposal. --Edcolins 21:51, 14 December 2005 (UTC)

Expansion of article --Ankon Ray 15:13, 1 April 2006 (UTC)[edit]

I have provided a portion of one of my term papers dealing with Patentability of method of performing mental act, if anyone has time to spare I believe this can be reformatted and summarized to contribute substantially to the expansion of this article. This is essentially a filtered and corrected version of an article that may still available at (I am not sure, the site seems to be down and the term paper in question is at least one year old. In any case the original article does not have sufficient originality to be copyrighted as it is only a collection of historical facts and neither does the relevant portion of my paper though the entire paper would be copyrightable.)

I'm blanking the probably copyrighted material[edit]

I don't think that we're in a good place to judge the sufficiency of the originality of the source article. A collection of facts may not be copyrightable but the prose articulating the facts would be. mmmbeerT / C / ? 18:32, 3 April 2006 (UTC)


Eurocentric POV[edit]

This article talks about the Venetian Statute of 1474, then jumps back in time to "ancient Greek cities". Understandably, there was a Dark Age period for Europe approximately 500 AD to 1500 AD, but it doesn't mean that progress and innovation stopped worldwide for that duration. For example, the Muslim civilization during the Middle Ages was more advanced than the preceeding ancient Greece. Someone please add information relevant to patent law from other parts of the world to fill in the missing time gap. Whenever an article or a book claims to give a broad coverage on some topic and then talks about ancient Greece, just before jumping to Renaissance Europe (or vice versa) is Eurocentric POV. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:29, 8 May 2007 (UTC).

Just curious, but isn't it just as Islam-centric to assume that "Muslim civilization during the Middle Ages was more advanced than the preceeding ancient Greece"...? Yeah, thought so as well. Regards Gun Powder Ma 00:27, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

WELL, I have just read a lot of medievil (OOps why do I always spell medieval wrong?) history and there is a consensus that Arab science was superior to Christian, but ther is just a marginal consensus that it was superior to classic, it was good specially up to year 1000 (Christian)Seniorsag (talk) 14:20, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

[From Terry0051] If there's evidence relevant to patent-relevant laws from Muslim sources from 600 AD to 1500 AD, then let's hear about it. But to assume (or even demand) that there be such a history, if (so far) there is no sign of any such facts, shows a POV of its own. It's not POV, Eurocentric or otherwise, to report sourced facts, straightfowardly. [P.S. Sorry, this is ancient stuff, I'm on the wrong page and thought this subject had suddenly appeared, didn't notice I was commenting on an old post.] Terry0051 (talk) 21:50, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Possible missing citation[edit]

Third paragraph in section 1.4 seems to be missing all citations. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:43, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Suggestions for improvement[edit]

A reader contacted Wikimedia with some suggestions for improvement of this article, and gave me permission to copy the contents of the email here, which I will copy below my sig --S Philbrick(Talk) 17:28, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Please add the following information about my discovery, that the Patent Law is based on Torah to the Wikipedia article "History of Patent Law":

By working with original Torah text I have made discoveries which are very interesting and unique. I have published the book in German Die Informergie (2011, ISBN 978-3-942855-29-7), which is published on my blog

See also my blogs in English and .

I discovered, that the Venetian Patent Law of 1474, on which today's patent laws and thus the whole economic development and progress are based, has roots in Exodus 30; 22-33 and 30; 34-38 because of the identical structure of the law: description of a product, prohibition of copying, i.e. of plagiarism and legal punishment (isolation from society) for infringement of prohibition. Thus, not the Venetian Patent Law is the basis for economic growth of the whole civilization, but Torah on which the Venetian Patent Law is based. I.e. the whole economic development and all achievements of today's human civilization are based on Torah!

In addition, I proposed the creation of the Invention Implementation System like the constructing society of ancient Israeli under leadership of Moses, who got descriptions from God and realized them with the group of Betsalel and Aholiav and support of the whole society.

I emphasized, that the role of inventors described in Torah Noah, Josef and Moses is distinguished and descendants of Noah, which like their Biblical fathers, can overcome problems of human kind by using described in the Old Testament organizational solutions the fathers used.