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adjective advantageous, advisable, applicable, appropriate, befitting, beneficial, commodious, conducive, congruous, constructive, contributing, convenient, decent, desirable, doable, effective, efficacious, employable, expedient, favorable, feasible, fit, fitting, functional, good, handy, instrumental, of use, opportune, positive, practical, pragmatic, profitable, proper, remedial, rewarding, right, seemly, suitable, usable, valuable, wise, worthwhile
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USEFUL. That which may be put into beneficial practice.
     2. The patent act of congress of July 4, 1836, sect. 6, in describing the subjects of patents, mentions "new and useful art," and "new and useful improvement." To entitle the inventor to a patent, his invention must, to a certain extent, be beneficial to the community, and not be for an unlawful object, or frivolous, or insignificant. 1 Mason, 182; 1 Pet. C. C. R. 322; 1 Bald. 303; 14 Pick. 217; Paine, 203.

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It also offers a usefully unsettling glimpse of the prevailing priorities in our increasingly nationalized penal system.
The volume is handsomely produced, with plentiful high-quality colorplates and usefully indexed with concepts as well as names.
Don't think: The time spent on chatting and interstitial material might more usefully be spent on musical performances.
A host that becomes infected, but is not required for the maintenance of the population of a pathogen, can usefully be called an incidental host.
Future issues could usefully consider any one of the themes covered in each of the papers, in much greater depth, as well as many other themes that simply could not be covered in this present overview edition: among them, the nature of social work training in the Arab world, the development of curricula, the possibility of community development, strategies for group work, issues of acculturation, reaccultoration, and the mobility of peoples, rural versus urban practice, how social work responds to changing social needs, and the influence of geopolitics and globalization upon social work and social policy in the Arab world.
The translation is usefully accompanied by pertinent footnotes and a brief introduction and index.
A local point of the course will be imparting introductory skill development for obtaining proficiency in drafting patent applications and in usefully partnering with patent counsel in articulating claims and applications, as well as examination responses encountered during patent prosecution.
Despite the impact of school reform, there are some sector comparisons that usefully illustrate the confrontations experienced by students during transfer.
THE Echo's `It's your money' campaign often demonstrates how our tax pounds could be more usefully spent.
By contrast, Hit to Kill articulates a version of the debate usefully frozen in time before September 11, immortalizing the unfortunate positions such missile defense advocates as Curt Weldon (R-PA) seized upon to criticize the Clinton administration: "Because of the president's misguided decision, our children will remain completely unprotected against the weapon of choice for rogue nations and terrorist groups--the missile.
ICPAC identified a few topics that it thought such a forum could usefully address, including developing consensus on best practices in merger review; improving international enforcement cooperation against illegal cartels and market-blocking private and governmental restraints; considering principles for extraterritorial jurisdiction and protocols in the event of clashes between nations; examining frontier subjects that are quintessentially global, such as e-commerce and transnational cartel arrangements; establishing an information center that serves as a repository of information regarding competition laws, policies, and practices around the world; and supporting technical assistance on capacity building in developing nations.
Wireless technologies allow companies and businesses to exploit the Internet to improve the bottom line efficiently and usefully, Sajna Hebert says.