Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | The Patent and the Paper: a Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property

Title:
The Patent and the Paper: a Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property
Author:
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén: Department of Culture Studies – Tema Q, Linköping University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1573600
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Year:
2015
Volume:
7
Theme:
Theme: Publishing for Public Knowledge Edited by Johan Fornäs, Martin Fredriksson, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Naomi Stead

Publishing for Public Knowledge is a special thematic section with essays from a seminar celebrating Culture Unbounds first five years. The contributions have not been through formal peer-review.

Pages:
600-609
No. of pages:
10
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2015-01-19


Marie and Pierre Curie’s decision not to patent the discovery (1898) and later isolation (1902) of radium is perhaps the most famous of all disinterested decisions in the history of science. To choose publishing instead of patenting and openness instead of enclosure was hardly a radical choice at the time. Traditionally, we associate academic publishing with “pure science” and Mertonian ideals of openness, sharing and transparency. Patenting on the other hand, as a byproduct of “applied science” is intimately linked to an increased emphasis and dependency on commercialization and technology transfer within academia. Starting from the Curies’ mythological decision I delineate the contours of an increasing convergence of the patent and the paper (article) from the end of the nineteenth-century until today. Ultimately, my goal is to suggest a few possible ways of addressing the hybrid space that today constitute the terrain of late modern science and intellectual property.

Keywords: academic publishing; patenting; intellectual property; Marie Curie

Volume 7, Theme: Theme: Publishing for Public Knowledge Edited by Johan Fornäs, Martin Fredriksson, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Naomi Stead

Publishing for Public Knowledge is a special thematic section with essays from a seminar celebrating Culture Unbounds first five years. The contributions have not been through formal peer-review.

, Article 5, 2015

Author:
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
Title:
The Patent and the Paper: a Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1573600
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Volume 7, Theme:: Theme: Publishing for Public Knowledge Edited by Johan Fornäs, Martin Fredriksson, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Naomi Stead

Publishing for Public Knowledge is a special thematic section with essays from a seminar celebrating Culture Unbounds first five years. The contributions have not been through formal peer-review.

, Article 5, 2015

Author:
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
Title:
The Patent and the Paper: a Few Thoughts on Late Modern Science and Intellectual Property:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1573600
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