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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 of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. I’ve worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are my own.


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.

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

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