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13:15 - 13:55 6 March 2012

Lunch Hour Lecture: Patents stop people doing things. So why are they a good thing?

Location

Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed vial Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event.
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, UCL Laws

The public debate about patents is old and never stops. Here is what Jeremy Bentham said:

“So long as men are governed by unexamined prejudices and led away by sounds, it is natural for them to regard Patents as unfavourable to the encrease of wealth. So soon as they obtain clear ideas to annex to these sounds, it is impossible for them to do otherwise than recognize them to be favourable to that encrease: and that in so essential a degree, that the security given to property can not be said to be compleat without it”

This lecture will put the debate in modern context and show why Bentham was right.


Contact

Cath Dean
+44 (0)20 3108 3838 | c.dean@ucl.ac.uk


Links

Click here to watch this lecture streamed live online at 1.15pm on the day


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