Robert Andrew Macfie: Fighter for Free Trade and IP Abolition in Victorian Edinburgh

Claims of crisis and chaos in intellectual property law, followed by calls for reform - or even abolition - are nothing new. Patent and copyright were attacked, yet ultimately expanded, in the nineteenth century.

Robert Andew Macfie (1811-1893) was one of those arguing for the abolition of patent and copyright laws. A sucessful sugar refiner with staunch free trade beliefs, he used his position as MP for Leith to challenge the fundamental basis of the IP system.

Dr Barabara Lauriat (KCL) will discuss Macfie's extraordinary life and his views on IP, exploring the ways in his his criticisms might be applied to our contemporary IP regime.

Prof. Hector MacQueen will provide a response and the session will be chaired by Roddy McIlvride QC.

Practical information:

When - Monday, 2 October 2017, registration 4:30pm, Seminar 5 pm, Drinks reception 6:30 pm

Where - The Reading Room, Advocates Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

CPD - The event has been accredited for 1.5 hours of CPD by the Faculty of Advocates

There is no charge for attending however prior booking is necessary.
To reserve a space, please email

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