Ancient Roman Solutions to Modern Legal Issues, the example of patent law, Anna Mancini Ph. D

About the Book

Our Law and its philosophy have been conceived for an economic world where the main source of wealthwas material. Although this world no longer exists, its laws are still alive and slow down the developmentof modern economies. Patent law strikingly shows this fact. Invented mainly during the industrial revolutionin order to protect tangible inventions, it could not be applied to the new intangible inventions of the 20th century. Software, for example, has been denied protection under patent law, due to its lack of materiality. Since such a cause of denial is economically absurd, we should adapt patent law to the virtual world. Thiswas not done and so no new intangible invention can benefit from this protection through a lack of tangibility. Long before us, the ancient Romans had understood that the intangible world and the material world do not function the same way. Since they were very practical people, they took this reality into account to buildtheir legal system. Their legal experience has become valuable for a modern world that is rediscovering thevalue of ideas and people's wealth, too long eclipsed by materialism.

Author: Anna Mancini


by Anna Mancini, Ph. D

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Anna Mancini, conférencière

Anna MANCINI, Ph. D, is a specialist in intellectual property laws and Internet law and has published several books on these subjects. She has worked with a patent firm in Paris and media companies in Brussesl and taught at university level. She is the founder of Innovative Justice, a Paris-based research organization on the modernization of law, created in 1994. The French version of this book received a grant from the French Centre National du Livre (National
Center of Books). 

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