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What are the 27 Most Powerful Words in the U.S. Constitution for Innovators?

What are the 27 Most Powerful Words in the U.S. Constitution for Innovators?

© Andrea Bitely

This past September marked 226 years since the framers of the United States Constitution adopted a sentence that changed the course of economic history. The patent and copyright clause they added empowered Congress “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.”