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A History of Intellectual Property in the United States

The history of patents, trademarks, and copyrights in the United States may not seem to be the most interesting topic in the world, but my favorite history podcast, BackStory with the American History Guys, manages to make it compelling on many levels. Can you patent genes? Why not, if people have patented living organisms in the past? Why did copyright once extend far beyond a written work?

It’s a long episode, but well worth a listen. I’d also recommend subscribing to their podcast, which is regularly informative, interesting, and provocative.

Happy Friday!

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About Kent Anderson

I am the CEO/Publisher of the STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., the home of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Reviews, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, the JBJS Recertification Course, PRE-val, and SocialCite. Prior to this, I was an executive at the New England Journal of Medicine. I also was Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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3 thoughts on “A History of Intellectual Property in the United States

  1. Excellent broadcast. Both fun and informative. Thanks Kent for bringing it to our attention.

    Posted by Robert | May 31, 2013, 5:39 pm
  2. Reblogged this on History for Today.

    Posted by particularkev | May 31, 2013, 11:02 pm
  3. Thanks for the shout-out Kent! Our latest show is on the history of mental illness in America – we hope enjoy that too. http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/

    Posted by Emily@BackStory | Jun 3, 2013, 2:46 pm

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