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5.0 out of 5 stars Q. Why do we have the health and wealth of today? A. Patents, 1 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Inventing the Industrial Revolution: The English Patent System, 1660-1800 (Paperback)
The role of patents in economic growth is poorly understood. Few people understand how the patent system in the UK grew in sophistication and importance in the late 1700s to provide one of the fundamental motors of the Industrial Revolution.

This book explains in clear language how the UK patent system evolved from a system of royal patronage where "Letters Patent" could create a baron, provide a monopoly on salt production or provide an incentive for people to make new inventions.

The book provides the factual basis and essential reading for understanding how the patent system evolved.

Ian Harvey
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