Celebration of Constitution Day reminds us of the origins of patent protection and how our system has evolved

February 11, 2016

By: Maureen Veterano

It is an often overlooked holiday, but an important one. Constitution Day (it’s September 17th – and this year is the 228th anniversary of the Constitution’s birthday) celebrates the anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution and honors the founding fathers and the document they created. It’s also a great reminder of the origin of patent rights:

The 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….

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 8

It is doubtful the founding fathers could have envisioned how this clause of the Constitution could have evolved into the patent system we have today. One thing that has not changed- the inventor has the exclusive right to their discovery. The right to exclude others from using the invention, and the right to enforce a patent. However these rights are useless without the financial ability to exercise them. IPISC has provided companies and inventors with the financial security needed to exercise their rights for over twenty years. Call us today to learn how you can get the backing you need to enforce your patent rights or to defend your company from patent attacks.

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