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Ghosts of inventions: patent law’s digital mediations

Kang, Hyo Yoon (2019) Ghosts of inventions: patent law’s digital mediations. History of Science, 57 (1). pp. 38-61. ISSN 0073-2753. E-ISSN 1753-8564. (doi:10.1177/0073275318770773)

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Abstract

This article examines the shifts in the material ordering of inventions in patent law organization and their effects on the meaning and scope of inventions as intellectual property. Formats and media are constitutive of the establishment and stabilization of inventions as objects of intellectual property. Modern patent law’s materiality had been dominated by paper documents but ever more consists of digital images, files, and networked data. The article traces and analyzes such effects of digital media on the meaning of intellectual/intangible property and argues that inventions increasingly matter as digital data in the legal realm.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0073275318770773
Uncontrolled keywords: computational media, digital mediation, intangibles, intellectual property, inventions, materiality, patent law
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Hyo Yoon Kang
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 11:48 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 12:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59660 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kang, Hyo Yoon: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6263-4672
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