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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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has 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 his own.

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3 Thoughts on "A History of Intellectual Property in the United States"

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

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