Appeals Court Upholds Copyright, Patent Clauses In Uruguay Trade Treaty

Law360, New York (May 25, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. appeals court has rejected a constitutional challenge to a trade treaty that returned foreign works that had fallen into the public domain back to protected status.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that upheld the constitutionality of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, which restored copyrights in the U.S. for certain foreign works that had been in the public domain.

Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams and...
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