PASSIM workshops, 2019-2023

From 2019 to 2023, the project Patents as Scientific Information (PASSIM) held five workshops and taped the presentations for use by IP scholars, practitioners and students.

These videos, archived here, show the project’s particular culture of interdisciplinarity and collegiality, which in turn produced a lasting network of scholars interested in patents and their place in knowledge infrastructures past and present.


PASSIM (Patents as Scientific Information, 1895–2020) was a European Research Council Advanced Grant project awarded to Professor Eva Hemmungs Wirtén at Linköping University, Sweden. The project ran from October 1, 2017, to June 30, 2023. 

The project’s objective was to unpack the multifaceted relationships featured in the patent bargain, recombine them in unexpected and creative ways and develop from that conceptualization a new narrative of patents and intellectual property. Anchored in historical knowledge but designed to accommodate interdisciplinary dialogue on theory and method, PASSIM traced the dynamics of scientific information from the end of the 1800s through the 2010s and uncovered the networks of people, artifacts and money that formed our current knowledge infrastructure. In examining that infrastructure, the project also delivered an innovative new framework for understanding how scientific information today is disseminated, used, and not used.

Microfilm, Law and Scientific Information

Linköping University, Campus Norrköping, Sweden, May 7, 2019

Microfilm, Law and Scientific Information

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, “Introduction and Welcome;” Matts Lindström, ”Dreams of the Minuscule”; José Bellido, “Microfilming Patents: Copying, Law, and Media Theory”

Intellectual Property for the Un-Discipline(d)

Linköping University, Campus Norrköping, Sweden, September 10–12, 2019

In collaboration with the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP).

Welcome and Presentation of the PASSIM Project

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén.

In the No Man's Land of IP

Veit Braun.

Public Interest Challenges to Gene Patents

Louise Hatherall.

Politics of Patents

Kat Jungnickel, Politics of Patents: Reimagining Citizenship via Clothing Inventions, 1820–2020 (presentation of the ERC Consolidator Grant project, 2019–2024).

Creative IPR

Veronique Pouillard, ‘CREATIVE IPR’: The History of Intellectual Property Rights in the Creative Industries” (Presentation of the ERC Consolidator Grant project, 2019–2024).                                                                    

On Historicizing Institutional Diversity

David Pretel, “On Historicizing Institutional Diversity: Why and How Study Colonial Patent Cultures?” 

An Archaeology of Patent Databases as Material Objects

Simon Rowberry.

The Racial Politics of US Patents

Kara Swanson, “The Racial Politics of US Patents: Exploring the History of Un-discipline(d) Intellectual Property”. 

Patents as Capital

Louis De Geer, Norrköping, Sweden, May 11–13, 2022

Welcome and Brief Presentation of the PASSIM Project

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén.

Patents as Capital

Janice Denoncourt, “Patents as Capital: Prioritising Business Model, Intangibles and IP rights ecords and Ownership Information to Support Legally Mandated Corporate Reporting”.

Transparency as a Flank Movement to Patent Activism in Pharmaceuticals Markets

Susi Geiger.

Thorstein Veblen on Capital as Knowledge

Erkan Gürpınar, “Thorstein Veblen on Capital as Knowledge: Some Implications for the Knowledge Economy” .

Modernity and Nation Building

Vitor Ido, “Modernity and Nation Building: The Politics of Patents ‘with Chinese Characteristics’".

Patents in the Service of War and Peace

Louis De Geer, Norrköping, Sweden, May 16–17, 2022

PASSIM Presentations

Johanna Dahlin, Björn Hammarfelt, José Bellido.

Keep It Secret, Keep it Safe

Jocelyn Bosse, “Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe: On the Development of Secret Patents”.

The Enemy Has Many Faces

Kat Jungnickel and Katja May, “‘The Enemy Has Many Faces’: Insects, Invasions & Inventive Clothing in War and Peace”.

Wartime Licensing

James Parish, “Wartime Licensing: A Blueprint for ‘Suspending’ Patent Rights as a Response to Trade Violations Under the TRIPS Agreement?”.

Patenting Atomic Vision

Christoph Rodrigo de la Torre, “Patenting Atomic Vision”.

Figures of Mind

Andrew Ventimiglia, “Figures of Mind: Spiritual Innovation and Military Influence in the Patenting of Neurofeedback Devices”.

Patent Futures: A History

Mundaneum, Mons, Belgium, April 26–28, 2023

Welcome and Presentation of the PASSIM Project

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, “Welcome and Presentation of the PASSIM Project, Its Structure, Implementation, and Results”.

Ce principe sacre de la propriété

Anna Saunders, “‘Ce principe sacre de la propriété’: Patents in the Mixed Courts of Egypt and the Making of Invention in International Law, 1840–1883”.

Reception of Intellectual Property Rights in the Colony

Subhadeep Chowdhury.

Patent Disclosure and the Eighteen-Month Mandate

Benedicto Acosta Díaz.

The Mechanics of Shoplifting

Silvia Bombardini, “’The Mechanics of Shoplifting’: Taking Stock of What’s Missing from the Patents Archive”.

Visual Sapience: Knowing the World Through (Technical) Images

Christoph Rodrigo de la Torre.