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34 Am. U. Int'l L. Rev. 877 (2018-2019)
Patent Abolition: A Real-Life Historical Case Study

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      PATENT ABOLITION: A REAL-LIFE
            HISTORICAL CASE STUDY

                     STEF VAN GOMPEL*


I. IN TR O D U C TIO N   .......................................................... 878
II. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY
   DUTCH PATENT LEGISLATION ................................ 882
III. THE PATENT ACT OF 1817 AND ITS
   D E F IC IE N C IE S  ............................................................. 883
IV. CALLS FOR PATENT REFORM      .................................. 890
   A . INDUSTRY REPORTS ................................................... 891
   B . A CADEM IC  D EBATE  ................................................... 895
V. POLITICAL RESPONSE AND THE ADOPTION OF THE
   PATENT ABOLITION ACT .......................................... 902
VI. MOTIVATIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS BEHIND
   THE ADOPTION OF THE PATENT ABOLITION
   A C T ................................................................................  9 0 8
   A . LEGAL ARGUM ENTS ................................................... 908
   B. ECONOMIC  ARGUMENTS   ............................................ 911
   C. PRACTICAL ARGUMENTS ............................................ 915
   D . POLITICAL ARGUMENTS ............................................. 917
V II. C O N C L U SIO N   ............................................................. 919





* Stef J. van Gompel (LL.M. Amsterdam, LL.D. Amsterdam) is assistant professor
at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam. The
research for this paper was conducted in the framework of the research programme
Veni with project number 451-14-033 (The challenge of evidence-based
intellectual property law reform: Legal pragmatism meets doctrinal legal
reasoning), which is partly financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (NWO). The author thanks Kara Swanson and the participants of the 8th
Annual ISHTIP Workshop on Intellectual Property and Resistance at CREATe,
University of Glasgow, UK for valuable comments.

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