Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SUMMER 2014, Volume 39, Number 2

Letter from the Chair

Andrew W. Stroud

Hanson Bridgett LLP

SUPREMELY SPEAKING

Most people believe that the protection of intellectual property rights is a newborn area of law, created by lawyers in search of expanding marketing opportunities. But, as IP practitioners, we know this perception is not even close to being true. In fact, the protection of intellectual property rights is rooted in our nation’s foundational document, The United States Constitution. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 is commonly known as "The Copyright Clause." (Or, if you are a patent practitioner, "The Copyright and Patent Clause.") The Copyright Clause gives Congress the power to adopt laws 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."

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