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The Patent and the Paper: a Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4116-3469
2015 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 7, no 4, 600-609 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Marie and Pierre Curie’s decision not to patent the discovery (1898) and later isolation (1902) of radium is perhaps the most famous of all disinterested decisions in the history of science. To choose publishing instead of patenting and openness instead of enclosure was hardly a radical choice at the time. Traditionally, we associate academic publishing with “pure science” and Mertonian ideals of openness, sharing and transparency. Patenting on the other hand, as a byproduct of “applied science” is intimately linked to an increased emphasis and dependency on commercialization and technology transfer within academia. Starting from the Curies’ mythological decision I delineate the contours of an increasing convergence of the patent and the paper (article) from the end of the nineteenth-century until today. Ultimately, my goal is to suggest a few possible ways of addressing the hybrid space that today constitute the terrain of late modern science and intellectual property. - See more at:

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Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. Vol. 7, no 4, 600-609 p.
Keyword [en]
academic publishing, patenting, intellectual property, Marie Curie
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History of Technology History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125351DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1573600OAI: diva2:904956
Available from: 2016-02-20 Created: 2016-02-20 Last updated: 2016-03-02

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