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Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (Studies in Legal History)

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Skilled workers of the early nineteenth century enjoyed a degree of professional independence because workplace knowledge and technical skill were their "property," or at least their attribute. In most sectors of today's economy, however, it is a foundational and widely accepted truth that businesses retain legal ownership of employee-generated intellectual property.

In Working Knowledge, Catherine Fisk chronicles the legal and social transformations that led to the transfer of ownership of employee innovation from labor to management. This deeply contested development was won at the expense of workers' entrepreneurial independence and ultimately, Fisk argues, economic democracy.

By reviewing judicial decisions and legal scholarship on all aspects of employee-generated intellectual property and combing the archives of major nineteenth-century intellectual property-producing companies--including DuPont, Rand McNally, and the American Tobacco Company--Fisk makes a highly technical area of law accessible to general readers while also addressing scholarly deficiencies in the histories of labor, intellectual property, and the business of technology.

Synopsis:

In most sectors of today's economy, it is a foundational and widely accepted truth that businesses retain legal ownership of employee-generated intellectual property. That was not the case in the 19th century, however, when workplace knowledge and technical skill were considered the property of skilled workers. Fisk chronicles the legal and social transformations that led to the transfer of ownership of employee innovation from labor to management and argues that this deeply contested development was won at the expense of workers' entrepreneurial independence and ultimately economic democracy.

About the Author

Catherine L. Fisk is Chancellor's Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807833025
Author:
Fisk, Catherine L.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Fisk, Catherine L.
Subject:
Intellectual property -- United States.
Subject:
Inventions, Employees' -- United States.
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Business & Financial
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Intellectual Property - General
Subject:
Business
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
legal history; intellectual property; labor history; innovation; copyright; patent; employment law; trade secrets; business history; history of technology; legal history; Dupont; American Tobacco Company; maps; auto parts; plays; plows; gunpowder; cigaret
Subject:
Intellectual Property
Subject:
Labor -- History.
Subject:
Innovation
Subject:
Copyright
Subject:
Patent
Subject:
employment law
Subject:
Trade secrets
Subject:
Business -- History.
Subject:
history of technology
Subject:
DuPont
Subject:
American Tobacco Company
Subject:
Maps
Subject:
auto parts
Subject:
Plays
Subject:
Plows.
Subject:
Gunpowder
Subject:
cigarette machines
Subject:
photographic film
Subject:
rand mcnally
Subject:
employment contracts
Subject:
law of patents
Subject:
Law : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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Business » Business Law
Business » History and Biographies
Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Law » Intellectual Property » General

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"Synopsis" by , In most sectors of today's economy, it is a foundational and widely accepted truth that businesses retain legal ownership of employee-generated intellectual property. That was not the case in the 19th century, however, when workplace knowledge and technical skill were considered the property of skilled workers. Fisk chronicles the legal and social transformations that led to the transfer of ownership of employee innovation from labor to management and argues that this deeply contested development was won at the expense of workers' entrepreneurial independence and ultimately economic democracy.
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