Intermediary functions and the market for innovation in Meiji and Taishō Japan

Tom Nicholas, Hiroshi Shimizu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Japan experienced a transformational phase of technological development during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We argue that an important, but so far neglected, factor was a developing market for innovation and a patent-attorney system that was conducive to rapid technical change. We support our hypothesis using patent data and we also present a detailed case study on Tomogorō Ono, a key developer of salt-production technology who used attorneys in connection with his patenting work at a time when Japan was still in the process of formally institutionalizing its patent-attorney system. In accordance with Lamoreaux and Sokoloff's 1999 influential study of trade in invention in the United States, our quantitative and qualitative evidence highlights how inventors and intermediaries in Japan interacted to create a market for new ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-149
Number of pages29
JournalBusiness History Review
Volume87
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 1
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Intermediaries
Japan
Innovation
Meiji
Patents
Patent system
Factors
Production technology
Patenting
Technical change
20th century
Patent data
Invention
Technological development
Inventor
Salt
Developer
Technical Change
Production Technology
Salt Production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • History

Cite this

Intermediary functions and the market for innovation in Meiji and Taishō Japan. / Nicholas, Tom; Shimizu, Hiroshi.

In: Business History Review, Vol. 87, No. 1, 01.05.2013, p. 121-149.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nicholas, Tom ; Shimizu, Hiroshi. / Intermediary functions and the market for innovation in Meiji and Taishō Japan. In: Business History Review. 2013 ; Vol. 87, No. 1. pp. 121-149.
@article{8e3f80816ea243df9b8fd8c567dd6392,
title = "Intermediary functions and the market for innovation in Meiji and Taishō Japan",
abstract = "Japan experienced a transformational phase of technological development during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We argue that an important, but so far neglected, factor was a developing market for innovation and a patent-attorney system that was conducive to rapid technical change. We support our hypothesis using patent data and we also present a detailed case study on Tomogorō Ono, a key developer of salt-production technology who used attorneys in connection with his patenting work at a time when Japan was still in the process of formally institutionalizing its patent-attorney system. In accordance with Lamoreaux and Sokoloff's 1999 influential study of trade in invention in the United States, our quantitative and qualitative evidence highlights how inventors and intermediaries in Japan interacted to create a market for new ideas.",
author = "Tom Nicholas and Hiroshi Shimizu",
year = "2013",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1017/S0007680513000160",
language = "English",
volume = "87",
pages = "121--149",
journal = "Business History Review",
issn = "0007-6805",
publisher = "Harvard Business School Publishing",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Intermediary functions and the market for innovation in Meiji and Taishō Japan

AU - Nicholas, Tom

AU - Shimizu, Hiroshi

PY - 2013/5/1

Y1 - 2013/5/1

N2 - Japan experienced a transformational phase of technological development during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We argue that an important, but so far neglected, factor was a developing market for innovation and a patent-attorney system that was conducive to rapid technical change. We support our hypothesis using patent data and we also present a detailed case study on Tomogorō Ono, a key developer of salt-production technology who used attorneys in connection with his patenting work at a time when Japan was still in the process of formally institutionalizing its patent-attorney system. In accordance with Lamoreaux and Sokoloff's 1999 influential study of trade in invention in the United States, our quantitative and qualitative evidence highlights how inventors and intermediaries in Japan interacted to create a market for new ideas.

AB - Japan experienced a transformational phase of technological development during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We argue that an important, but so far neglected, factor was a developing market for innovation and a patent-attorney system that was conducive to rapid technical change. We support our hypothesis using patent data and we also present a detailed case study on Tomogorō Ono, a key developer of salt-production technology who used attorneys in connection with his patenting work at a time when Japan was still in the process of formally institutionalizing its patent-attorney system. In accordance with Lamoreaux and Sokoloff's 1999 influential study of trade in invention in the United States, our quantitative and qualitative evidence highlights how inventors and intermediaries in Japan interacted to create a market for new ideas.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84877943160&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84877943160&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0007680513000160

DO - 10.1017/S0007680513000160

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84877943160

VL - 87

SP - 121

EP - 149

JO - Business History Review

JF - Business History Review

SN - 0007-6805

IS - 1

ER -