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The doctrines and the making of an early patent system in the developing world: the Chilean case. 1840s-1910s

Bernardita Escobar Andrae

No 58, Working Papers from Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad Diego Portales

Abstract: This article analyses the creation of the first Chilean patent law (1840s-1920s), by examining the underlying doctrines and key actors (political and business people) in the making of one of the earliest patent systems in Latin America and the developing world. From three main doctrines supporting IP protection (natural rights, contractarian and utilitarian) the article identifies elements of the first, disregard for the second and some traits of the third doctrine in the law. Protection of „introductions‟, a non-contemporary IP subject matter, resulted from the mix of utilitarian and protectionist beliefs of policy makers, the influence of colonial regulation and a series of petitions for privileges made between 1830-40.

Date: 2014-09
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