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).

Patents as Capital

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

Patents in the Service of War and Peace

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

Patent Futures: A History

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