By David Pretel

This article examines the role of international dynamics in the early development of Latin American patent regimes during the long nineteenth century. It locates various national systems in their international contexts and delineates their differences from late colonial times until the region’s export age. It then investigates the role of Latin American countries in the international and regional patent agreements that emerged in the late nineteenth century. The article advances the hypothesis that patent institutions and multilateral agreements were far from an urgent necessity for Latin American countries and had a limited impact on the technological transformation of this region before 1930.