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State Policy, Institutional Framework and Technical Monopoly in Early Modern Spain: Invention Patents in the Crown of Aragon during the Seventeenth Century (2009)


This paper examines invention patents in the Crown of Aragon during the seventeenth century. Patents were granted by the Council of Aragon, the Royal Council responsible for political and legal issues arising in the Spanish territories belonging to the Crown of Aragon. The Council's functions in the area of patents arose out of the monarchy's interest in extending the validity of royal patents from Castile to Aragon in order to enhance its control over technical discoveries and developments, and to raise fresh revenues for the treasury. Both foreign and Castilian inventors applied for patents, which were immediately applicable, but the privileges they entailed were accepted only with difficulty by the Aragonese institutions. This reluctance severely curtailed the number of applications. Meanwhile, the Council's desire to cooperate with the monarchy led it eventually to define criteria for the grant of patents. However, the legal and institutional structure of the Crown of Aragon made it difficult for inventors to enforce and defend their rights. The lack of new patent applications to the Council in the later seventeenth century illustrates how the existence of a separate jurisdiction obstructed the consolidation of a patents system in the Crown of Aragon, hindering the spread of technical progress in Spain. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Authors & Contributors
Berveglieri, Roberto
Biagioli, Mario
Boldrin, Michele
Chabàs, Josep
Davids, C. A.
Gabriel, Joseph M.
Explorations in Economic History
History of Science
Journal of Asian Studies
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Cierre edizioni
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Cambridge University Press
Berghahn Books
University of Chicago Press
Science and law
Science and politics
Inventors and invention
Monopoly (economic)
Intellectual property
al-Battānī, Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Jābir
al-Khwārizmī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā
Ely, Richard Theodore
Galilei, Galileo
Jefferson, Thomas
Maria, of Castile, Queen, consort of Alfonso V, King of Aragon
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
18th century
19th century
20th century
United States
Castille (Spain)
Venice (Italy)
Great Britain

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