Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Bjørn L. Basberg
Amateur or professional? A new look at 19th century. patentees in Norway
Abstract: The paper analyses Norwegian 19th century patentees. A
special focus is on the affiliation or relationship of the patentees to the
manufacturing industries, business and the wider economy. A main question
is whether the inventors were what might be called ‘amateurs’ working
independently, or ‘professionals’ working closer to firms or institutions.
A main finding is that even the individual patentees, that comprised the
majority of all patentees, had strong associations with industry, and the
distinction between ‘professionals’ and ‘amateurs’ is not all that
Keywords: Industrial breakthrough; Norway; patentees; patents; professional inventors.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: N63; N73; O31; O34; (follow links to similar papers)
18 pages, April 26, 2012
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