Patenting as a Communicative Act and its Cultural Conditions

Fritzsche A (2011)

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Conference contribution

Publication year: 2011

Pages Range: 26-32


Recent literature about patents has shifted the attention from the question how patents create monopolies on a market towards the systematic application of patenting for different business strategies. From a critical point of view, this process can be interpreted as a form of emancipation, giving the innovator control over the usage of intellectual property. At the same time, the strategic reflection is dominated by the conception of the patent as a tool that serves a certain purpose. This conception, however, is based on certain assumptions about the cultural settings of patenting that are based on the traditions of craftsmanship in western societies. Disregarding these traditions, the strategic use of patenting can easily lead to a situation in which the effect of patenting is only based on assumption, but not on economic fact.

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Fritzsche, A. (2011). Patenting as a Communicative Act and its Cultural Conditions. (pp. 26-32).


Fritzsche, Albrecht. "Patenting as a Communicative Act and its Cultural Conditions." 2011. 26-32.

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