By Aline Brodin:
Last week the University of Glasgow Archive Services welcomed Dr Jose Bellido from Birkberk College, who came to see our Scotch Whisky collection.
Dr Bellido is a legal historian who teaches Intellectual Property Law, Comparative Law and Law of Obligations at Birkbeck College. He is also the Spanish national editor for a digital archive of primary sources which recount the history of copyright from the invention of the printing press (c. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond. The initial phase, completed in 2008, focused on key materials from Renaissance Italy (Venice, Rome), France, the German speaking countries, Britain and the United States. The project has now been extended to materials from other countries: primary sources from Spain were published in 2012, and the Netherlands will follow in 2013.
Here is what he says about his visit at University of Glasgow Archive Services:
“I came to the archives of the University of Glasgow to research on brands and trademarks related to the Scotch Whisky Industry. What I found, thanks to its great archivists, was a rich history scattered in fragments by companies, associations and files. My main focus of interest is a broad idea of what “looking after” a brand may involve (covering marketing strategies, labelling and bottling techniques and legal developments) but I am particularly fascinated by post-war developments in the industry and how these developments were shaped by different expectations around intellectual property laws so you could say that my research deals with recent (contemporary) legal history.”