Journey into the patent history

This week we propose you an interesting video developed once again by the EPO (European Patents Office) in the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signature of the European Patent Convention (EPC), which helps us to travel by images through the rich history of patents of inventions.

Starting from the essence, the video reminds us the origin of the world “patent”, which comes from the Latin “patere”, which means “to make public”.

It goes rapidly through over 550 years of patent history, from the first law for the protection of Industrial Property launched in Venice in 1474, originated from the genius of Murano glassmakers, until the European Convention started in 1973.