We hope you will join us for a LAPA seminar with Christopher Beauchamp, a current LAPA Microsoft Fellow. The paper he will give is called, "Technology’s Trials: Patent Litigation during the Second Industrial Revolution."
As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.
Christopher Beauchamp is the current Microsoft-LAPA Fellow. He is a historian of law, business, and technology, with a focus on the areas of intellectual property and regulation. He joins Princeton from New York University School of Law, where he was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History during the year 2007-2008. His doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Telephone Patents," used the history of Alexander Graham Bell’s patents to reconstruct the legal and economic contexts of intellectual property in nineteenth-century Britain and America. The dissertation received the Cromwell Dissertation Prize of the American Society for Legal History and was a finalist for the Coleman Prize of the Association of Business Historians and the Krooss Prize of the Business History Conference. Beauchamp received his B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. At LAPA, he will be working on a book about patent law and litigation during the "second industrial revolution" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a period that prefigured many of the issues vexing patent law and policy today. For more on Christopher Beauchamp, see his LAPA profile.