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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Henry Breeze smashed 18 fours and a pair of sixes on his way to a stunning total of 123 runs while Matthew Jones (59) and Adam Roberts (45) also made useful knocks - but unfortunately the weather rendered the pitch unplayable.
Romero made three important late saves while Italian defender Matteo Darmian, French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Dutch striker Memphis Depay also made useful first starts, with United's Germany World Cup-winner Bastian Schweinsteiger coming on for the last half-hour and getting booked.
Steffan Jones (50) got Cardiff 's reply off to a flying start by hitting seven fours to reach his half-century off 52 while Basharat Malik (42) and captain Dewi Preece (35) made useful knocks.
"The trees that were toppled by the ferocious typhoon will be brought back to life and made useful by helping in efforts to address the shortage of necessary furniture in public schools," said Jim Sampulna, Western Visayas Regional Director of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6).
Skipper Vaibhav Wategaonkar (36) and Adnan Ilyas (33) made useful contributions.
We asked our Facebook community: What items have you plucked from their original purposes and made useful anew via thrifty, creative repurposing?
But Gareth Boughey (41), Danny Davies (37), and Craig Walley (27) also made useful contributions and it was Boughey who turned the match in his side's favour with bowling that brought him 7-67 off 13.4 overs as the hosts were held to 211 all out.
He said that Pakistan has a large number of unskilled youth who can be made useful by providing training in various trades including gems and jewellery sector.
They said they learned to be flexible, made useful contacts with hotel staff and Mexican security, and produced a binder that included the site scenario, maps, room layouts, contact sheets and the names and photos of all VIPs.
The recipe as written can be made useful for a person with celiac.
Technology and innovative partnerships have a crucial role to play as we work towards becoming a zero-waste operation; and advances such as this new development show that there are innumerable ways in which our waste can be made useful for others."
Stuart Broad bowled and batted well; Steven Finn was much more threatening with the ball in the second innings, and Kevin Pietersen made useful runs at each attempt.