Venetian Statute on Industrial Brevets, Venice (1474)

Source: Scanned from the manuscript held in the Venetian State Archives: ASV, Senato Terra, reg. 7, c. 32r.

Venetian Statute on Industrial Brevets, Venice (1474), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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The First General Statute Regulating Industrial Brevets

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The commentary discusses the importance of the Venetian corporate guild culture and patent-granting tradition for the emergence of proprietary attitudes towards technical knowledge, from which the concept of the intangible object of property would eventually evolve, it argues that in the realities of Renaissance Italy there was no strict separation between industrial brevets (protopatents) and book privileges and that there was much mutual influence between these two institutions. In general, the commentary explores the social and philosophical definition of property rights in intangible works that prefigured its legal definition and application.

1 Commentary:

  • Prager, Frank D., 'Brunelleschi's Patent', 'Journal of the Patent Office Society' 28 (1946): 109-35

  • Mandich, Giulio, 'Venetian patents (1450-1550)', 'Journal of the Patent Office Society' 30 (1948): 166-224

  • Long, Pamela O., 'Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance' (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P., 2001)

  • Frumkin, Maximilian, 'Early History of Patents for Invention', 'Transactions of the Newcomen Society' 26 (1947-49): 47-56

  • Berveglieri, Roberto, 'Inventori stranieri a Venezia, (1474-1788): Importazione di tecnologia e circolazione di tecnici artigiani inventori' (Venice: Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti, 1995)

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Year: 1474

Location: Venice

Language: Italian

Source: Scanned from the manuscript held in the Venetian State Archives: ASV, Senato Terra, reg. 7, c. 32r.

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Venetian Senate

Venetian Statute on industrial brevets (1474)

Renaissance, the
authorship, joint or collaborative
authorship, theory of
guild regulation
ownership, corporate
patents, for invention
patents, printing
privileges, Venetian
public good
technical manuals

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