Patents and Tools for artists circa C18 & C19

  • throughout history soceity has been obsessed by fads and
    phases, the next ‘big thing’, useful improvements and apparently
    innovative inventions. the history of patents is generally considered to have started in  italy (venetian statute, 1474, issued by the republic of florence). new and inventive devices, once put into practice, had to be communicated to the republic in order to obtain legal protection
    against potential infringers. in this period protection was for
    10 years only. a similar concept to patents was already used
    by the ancient greeks. yet, in recent history no country in the
    world has issued as many patents as the united states.
    today, the united states patent and trademark office grants
    over 180,000 patents a year.
    (tags: tools artists)
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