Patent and Copyright Clause Law and Legal Definition

The patent and copyright clause is a constitutional provision which empowers Congress the authority to promote the advancement of science and the arts by establishing a national system for patents and copyrights. Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, which is also termed as the Copyright Clause, the Patent and Copyright Clause, the Intellectual Property Clause and the Progress Clause, empowers the United States Congress for promoting the progress of science and useful arts to authors and inventors the exclusive right to secure for limited times their respective work. Since this clause does not protect trademarks, those are protected under the Commerce Clause.