Christopher Beauchamp, author of the book “Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America,” will join IPLS to speak about the book on January 27.

Professor Beauchamp is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School. Before joining Brooklyn Law School, Professor Beauchamp was a Sharswood Fellow in Law and History and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania. His work focuses on intellectual property and legal history.

 “Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America” encompasses the intersection of law and technology, discussing how Alexander Graham Bell and his lawyers used the patent system to receive a patent monopoly on the telephone, and how that shaped the telephone industry for the decades to come. Central to his thesis is the idea that inventions are as much a creation of lawyers as they are inventors. Professor Beauchamp has also published law review articles on the history of patent law and is currently writing a book on the history of patent law and litigation in the United States.

This event will be a unique opportunity for students to learn more about the history of patent law and how that history relates to patent law today. Come learn how Alexander Graham Bell’s hard-fought for patent, and the legal battle surrounding it, changed not only how our society communicates, but how we view history.

The event will be held Friday, January 27 at 12:30 pm in Room 235. Come join IPLS to hear Professor Beauchamp!