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Patents as Scientific Information, 1895-2020

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 PASSIM project word cloud

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Project "PASSIM" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Total cost 2˙261˙522 €
 EC max contribution 2˙261˙522 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET SE (LINKOPING) coordinator 1˙739˙211.00
2    HOEGSKOLAN I BORAS SE (BORAS) participant 267˙779.00
3    UNIVERSITY OF KENT UK (CANTERBURY, KENT) participant 141˙248.00
4    THE NOBEL CENTER FOUNDATION SE (STOCKHOLM) participant 113˙283.00


 Project objective

“History will remember Barack Obama as the great Slayer of Patent Trolls.” The headline from the 2014 March 20 issue of Wired credits POTUS with, perhaps, an unexpected feat. Referring to companies in the sole business of enforcing patents beyond their actual value, trolls are a recent installment in the history of an intellectual property whose ubiquitousness the Latin word PASSIM (“here and there, everywhere”) neatly captures. In the eye of the storm stands the patent bargain: disclosure of information in return for a limited monopoly. This contractual moment makes patents a source of information, the basis of new innovation. Or does it? By posing this simple question, PASSIM’s bold take on the legitimacy of intellectual property in the governance of informational resources follow patents as legal and informational documents during three historical “patent phases,” producing a visionary and theoretically savvy interpretation of intellectual property that stems from its humanities-based and interdisciplinary project design. PASSIM shows a way out of current analytical gridlocks that earmark the understanding of the role of intellectual property in knowledge infrastructures—most notably the enclosure/openness dichotomy—and provides a fresh take on the complexity of informational processes. A key steppingstone in the PI’s career, her own contribution to PASSIM will be a work of synthesis, highlighting major tendencies in the history of patents as scientific information from 1895 to the present. Four complementary empirical studies target specific themes that strengthen PASSIM’s validity and impact: questions of copyrights in patents, scientists’ patenting strategies both historically and today, the relationship between bibliometrics and patentometrics, and the status of the patent as a legal and informational document. Outputs include workshops, articles, monographs, policy papers and documentation of the project’s experiences with interdisciplinary self-reflexivity.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
How patents became documents, or dreaming of technoscientific order, 1895-1937
published pages: 577-592, ISSN: 0022-0418, DOI: 10.1108/jd-11-2018-0193
Journal of Documentation 75/3 2019-09-30

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