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Trade SecretsIntellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power$
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Doron S. Ben-Atar

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100068

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100068.001.0001

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Official Orchestration of Technology Smuggling

Official Orchestration of Technology Smuggling

(p.104) Chapter 5 Official Orchestration of Technology Smuggling
Trade Secrets

Doron S. Ben-Atar

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how the United States dealt with the importation of European technology in the late nineteenth century and reveals that on June 3, 1790, the first Congress under the newly ratified Constitution faced the question of subsidizing the transfer of technology. Efforts by individuals, associations, and states to import European technology altered the economic landscape of North America. State governments awarded monopolies, granted bounties, exempted from taxation, and handed out cash gifts to attract skilled artisans to settle in their midst. Backers of American industrialization expected the men working on the new constitution to devise ways for the federal government to direct the effort at closing the technology gap between the United States and Europe. The chapter also discusses how American states and, ultimately, the US Constitution, came to formulate a unique national information policy.

Keywords:   European technology, taxation, industrialization, constitution

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