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Technical Writing Sources: Patents

The Constitution of the United States gives Congress the power to enact laws relating to patents, in Article I, section 8, which reads "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." 

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Selected Patent Search Databases

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Patent by Max Fleischer, artist unknown; cropped/retouched by Rl [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons