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Congress shall have Power . . .To promote the Progress of Science and
useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the
Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
Article I, Section 8
The U.S. Constitution
patent are . . . public franchises granted to the inventors of new and
useful improvements for the purpose of securing to them, as such
inventors, for the limited term therein mentioned, the exclusive right and
liberty to make and use and vend to others to be used their own
inventions, as tending to promote the progress of science and the useful
arts, and as matter of compensation to the inventors for their labor,
toil, and expense in making the inventions, and reducing the same to
practice for the public benefit, as contemplated by the Constitution and sanctioned by the laws of
-- The U.S. Supreme Court
Seymour v. Osborne 78 U.S. 516 (1871)