Art. I, sec. 8, cl. 8 of the Constitution reads: "Congress shall have Power To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The Clause is typically known as the Copyright Clause, the Patent Clause, or the Intellectual Property Clause, but the power granted to Congress encompasses more than just authority regarding patents and copyrights. A more accurate descriptor is the Science and Useful Arts Clause. Read more » about Edward C. Walterscheid
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