Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89390
Authors: 
Coriat, Benjamin
Weinstein, Olivier
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2011/17
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the evolution of the intellectual property regime (IPR), and more precisely the patent regime, in the USA since the 19th century. To do so, we consider intellectual property laws within the context of wider changes in capitalism, focusing on two main historical phases: firstly, the period covering the formation and development of 'corporate capitalism' dominated by large corporations and then the new phase, which opened up in the 1980s, marked by the rise to power of finance. From a perspective of institutional complementarities, we seek to show how the characteristics and implications of patent regimes can only be understood in relation to changes in the main institutional forms of capitalism: forms of the firm, the status of labour (the 'wage-labour nexus') and market forms.
Subjects: 
firms
financialization
institutional complementarities
knowledge based economy
labor law
property rights
JEL: 
O34
P1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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