Institutionalising Backwardness

  • David Pretel
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


The relative industrial backwardness of nineteenth-century Spain set the stage for the institutionalisation of its patent system between 1826 and 1902. International patterns of technological development, industrialisation and trade largely explain the distinctive peripheral character of Spain’s patent system and its institutional organisation. The institutionalisation of patent rights in this country went hand in hand with the expansion of a new industrial culture, socio-technical infrastructure and a rhetoric in support of intellectual property rights. This chapter provides the historical context and analytical framework for an understanding of the evolution of the Spanish patent institution and culture during the nineteenth century.


Backwardness Technology Culture Institutions Agency Patents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Pretel
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  1. 1.El Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX)Mexico CityMexico

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