|Jacobus Acontius (anon.): visit him in|
London's National Portrait Gallery
Nowadays the same Kat is quite preoccupied with the present and even more excited about the future, and he rather suspects that he won't have much time in coming years to revisit his historical interests and take them further. He has decided therefore to make these articles available to readers of this weblog. Knowing that scholarship carries on developing even if he stops watching it, he rather hopes that there are folk out there who have pursued in greater depth the topics covered in these articles and that readers can update them with their own comments, research results and hypotheses.
The first of these articles, "The English Patent as a Reward for Invention: the Importation of an Idea", was first published in 1983 in the Journal of Legal History, but the version which appears here is a reprint which was published the same year in the European Intellectual Property Review. Its thesis is that the Venetian Patent Law of 1474 -- which is so often and so irrelevantly cited in so many articles which have crossed his desk over the years -- was probably the inspiration for the petition of Jacobus Acontius to Queen Elizabeth for protection for his own invention.
Do tell us what you think!