PASSIM Special Guest 2019: Dr David Pretel

Join us for a pre-workshop seminar with Dr David Pretel on September 9, 2019 @ 15.15-17.00 @ Tvärsnittet, Kopparhammaren, Norrköping.

For each of the three workshops PASSIM hosts during 2017-2022, we invite one of the workshop participants for an extended stay as a PASSIM Special Guest, seeking further discussions and networking with a scholar whose work represents important insights and complementary perspectives to PASSIM’s. In his talk on September 9, David Pretel—PASSIM Special Guest for 2019—will present a comparative study of French, British, Dutch and Spanish colonial patent systems in the Caribbean and their transition to postcolonial systems during the 20th century. His study of the rise of colonial patent institutions poses interesting questions about the diversity of institutional agency, imperial governance, legal transfers, knowledge structures and technological cultures throughout modern history.

Flyer David Pretel

pre-seminar to ISHTIP 2019

Both PASSIM PI Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Doctoral candidate Isabelle Strömstedt will be presenting papers at the forthcoming ISHTIP workshop in Australia, between July 4-6, 2019. Hosted this year by Isabella Alexander at University of Technology, Sydney, ISHTIP has become an important interdisciplinary venue for scholars whose work engages with intellectual property, both historically and in the present. This year’s theme, “IP and the visual,” promises to be a very stimulating one. On May 22, 2019, PASSIM organizes a “pre-ISHTIP” seminar where our two ISHTIP participants will discuss their papers and talk about their current research. Eva Hemmungs Wirtén’s paper is entitled “Evidence, Envelopped: Something on Proof, Priority and Patents (but not necessarily in that order)” och Isabelle Strömstedt’s “Celebrating Patents: the Swedish Patent Office’s Jubilee Exhibition of 1941.” The seminar will take place at Tema Q, Tvärsnittet, Norrköping, between 13.15-15.00. What do envelopes and exhibitions have to do with patents? That’s what we’ll talk about at the seminar.

Eva ISHTIP abstract

Isabelle ISHTIP abstract

Post-May 7th seminar/webinar thoughts

Matts Lindström

 

Last week, on May 7th 2019, we had our first PASSIM seminar. This was a first for us, at least in the sense of doing a seminar and webinar at the same time. José Bellido and Matts Lindström’s discussion on microfilm was an excellent illustration of how rich the intersection between technologies of law and technologies of media can be, an intersection that PASSIM explores in different ways and different historical periods. Matts opened the seminar with a sweeping and informative overview of the microfilm’s relationship to the fragility of paper and to the industrialization of information, aspects that are crucial in trying to understand the past but also the present of a media technology that appears almost extinct. José’s more PASSIM-oriented talk showed how microfilm intervenes in a particular practice and institution – the patent office and in the work of patent examiners. Fascinating stuff! You can enjoy the dialogue between our two presenters and also the questions and discussion that followed on our website: http://www.passim.se

 

Getting ready to broadcast. In socks.

José Bellido

 

 

 

 

PASSIMer of the month (Martin)

Academically speaking, I consider myself an interdisciplinary street breed with master’s degrees in comparative literature and art history, a PhD from the Department for Culture and Society at Linköping University, and a subsequent research trajectory that spans from legal history to studies of social movements. I have, however, maintained a consistent focus on IPR. I wrote my dissertation on the cultural history of Swedish copyright law, where I traced the concepts of authorship, creativity and the public interest through a series of copyrights act from 1810 to 1960. Since then, the balance between property rights and public interests have been an underlying theme in my research. I have worked extensively with issues of copyright and media piracy: for three years I travelled the world, interviewing Pirate Party members from North America, Europe and Australia in order to understand the ideology of piracy. It struck me that the conflicts around piracy largely concern whether cultural expressions are to be defined as common resources or private property. In a subsequent project, entitled ‘Commons and Commodities’ (funded by the EU Marie Skldowska Curie Actions under Grant E0633901), I pursued that line of thought and explored conflicts around other types of resources that are in the grey zone between private property and commons. This included controversial mining projects and other forms of extraction of natural resources, but also the appropriation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge through so called biopiracy.

Questions of indigenous rights and biopiracy have brought patents into the focus of my research and I am now thrilled to delve deeper into the world of patent law within the Passim project. Next stop on my geographic and academic route is India as my contribution to the Passim project will be an analysis of India’s National Intellectual Property Rights Policy from 2016, with special focus on its relation to India’s postcolonial patent history. Read more about this study here.