Claims of crisis and chaos in intellectual property law, followed by calls for reform—or even abolition—are nothing new. Patent and copyright were attacked, yet ultimately expanded, in the nineteenth century. ‘It is probable enough that the patent laws will be abolished ere long’, wrote The Economist in 1869, while others argued that reform and expansion of patents laws were necessary to compete with the growing economic power of the United States.
Robert Andrew Macfie (1811-1893) was one of those arguing for the abolition of patent and copyright laws. A successful sugar refiner with staunch free trade beliefs, he used his position as MP for Leith to challenge the fundamental basis of the IP system. He published books and pamphlets, lobbied inventors and politicians, and even wrote topical poetry in his attempt to reform the laws of patent and copyright.
Terra Firma Chambers, in association with the University of Edinburgh, is delighted to host a talk by Dr Barbara Lauriat, who will discuss Macfie’s extraordinary life and his views on IP, exploring the ways in which his criticisms might be applied to our contemporary IP regime. Professor Hector MacQueen FBA FRSE will provide a response to the talk. Terra Firma’s Roddy McIlvride QC will chair the event.
The talk will take place on Monday 2nd October 2017, in Parliament House, and will be followed by a drinks reception. The event has been accredited by the Faculty of Advocates as contributing 1 hour CPD for its own members and is eligible for a similar award from the Law Society for the solicitor branch of the profession. For full details, please visit http://www.terrafirmachambers.com/seminars.html
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