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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?
Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed vial Malet Place |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
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.
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.
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