From Renaissance to First Industrial Revolution: Patent Law in the Making

From Renaissance to First Industrial Revolution: Patent Law in the Making

Celebrating the 550 year anniversary of the world first patent law, issued in the Republic of Venice on 19 March 1474, AIDB is honored to invite you to attend the online workshop “From Renaissance to First Industrial Revolution: Patent Law in the Making“.

The webinar will be held on 9 July 2024, from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (CEST)



The literature regarding patents and the laws that govern them unanimously recognizes the Venetian Statute of 1474 as the first organic law in this matter.

But in what historical-economic context was it born and what exactly does this historic legislation say?

AIDB offers you this special workshop to reflect on the origins of the patent system, what was the purpose for which it was established and can it already be considered a modern system.

In the second part of the workshop, two subsequent important patent systems will be addressed: the Statute of Monopolies established in England in 1624 and the US Patent Act of 1790.

The panel of excellent speakers with different backgrounds will make this workshop an unmissable opportunity for all enthusiasts of the subject, be they historians, attorneys, lawyers and patent searchers!


Chairman: Guido Moradei – AIDB President


  • Patents and privileges in the Republic of Venice: An innovation policy in evolution – Giovanni Favero – Professor of Economic History, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • The Venetian Statute of 1474: an example of ancient modernity – Domenico Golzio – Former Director at European Patent Office
  • The Statute of Monopolies of 1624: preventing abuse, promoting innovation – Stephen Adams, Qualified Patent Information Professional, Magister Ltd, UK
  • The US Patent Act of 1790: American independent inventors and the first industrial revolution – Arthur Daemmrich, Director of the Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), USA


Giovanni Favero

Giovanni Favero is professor of Business and Economic History at the Venice School of Management of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In 2018 he was Thomas K. McCraw Visiting Fellow in US Business History at the Harvard Business School. He deals with the history of statistics and accounting, urban history, business history and historical demography. In addition to books and chapters, he has published in journals as Business History, Accounting History, Enterprise and Society, Management and Organizational History, Journal of Transport History, Journal of Organizational Ethnography.


Domenico Golzio

Domenico Golzio graduated in physics. After working in the telecommunications, automotive, and aerospace industries, he joined the EPO as a patent examiner in the ICT field. He was director of a search and examination unit, led the development of prior art and patent information search engines, and originated the Data Science department. He has done research on various aspects of intellectual property, such as the link between patents and innovation, patent information, international patent portfolios, and comparison of different patent systems. He is a member of the Italian Association of Patent Documentalists (AIDB), IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee, IEEE-USA AI Policy Committee as well as IEEE Life Member.


Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams is the managing director of Magister Ltd., a UK-based consultancy specialising in patents information.  Mr. Adams is a Qualified Patent Information Professional (number 20190044100092) and holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Information Science from City University, London, as well as professional memberships of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).  He is the author of three editions of “Information Sources in Patents”, the latest published in 2020 by Walter de Gruyter KG, contributed several book chapters and written numerous articles in the field of patent information, including over 20 refereed papers for the Elsevier journal “World Patent Information”.  His professional service includes the Editorial Advisory Board of “World Patent Information” between 2006-2020 and three terms on the Board of PIUG Inc., the International Society for Patent Information, as Director-at-Large (2002-2006) and Vice-Chair (2014-2016 and 2016-2018), as well as service on the management committee of the UK’s Patent and Trade Mark Group over many years.  He received the PIUG’s Special Recognition Award in 2008 and the IPI Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to patent information.


Arthur Daemmrich

Arthur Daemmrich is director of the Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO). He has led or participated in projects studying pharmaceutical innovation and regulation, chemical risk, healthcare systems, sports technology, and is currently researching the history of US technology policy. Daemmrich has published in the fields of science and technology studies, history of technology, medical sociology, and business policy. He was previously director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and has held academic appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Harvard Business School. Daemmrich earned a PhD from Cornell University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Participation is open to everyone upon registration through the on-line form.

For further information please contact AIDB.

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From Renaissance to First Industrial Revolution: Patent Law in the Making

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