1st Patent Law – Venice 1474

Source: Reuters, Nov 2014

By 1474, the Venetian Senate set up the first patent law articulating the concept of intellectual property and enshrining the importance of protecting inventors’ rights. The Venetian Act is cited as the foundation for modern international patent statutes and was a “huge breakthrough in Renaissance Venice,” said Craig Nard, director of the Intellectual Property Center at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University.

Everything we hold dear as sort of fundamental principles in today’s patent system can be found in that Venetian statute,” he said.

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