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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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He said businessmen were making useful contribution to tax revenue and stressed that FBR should take measures to reduce trust deficit with taxpayers.
Ponthir opener Lewis Spinetti impressed in reply as he racked up seven fours on his way to a top-score of 56 runs - with Jonathan Price (15), Gareth Burkitt (37) and Matthew Dennehy (21) making useful knocks.
Choosing to bat first Menai Bridge were all out for 184 in 47.4 overs with Dion Holden (46) and Matt Bixby (44) making useful contributions.
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Tony Ainley top-scored with 37 as Nine Pins made 108-4 to overhaul Tynemouth Cumberland with Brian Jarvis (26) and Mark Gray (22 not out) making useful contributions.
There were plenty of runs in the second semi as Chartered Trust rattled up 168 for two against Rhiwbina, with Huw Liddell (43), Steve Mohring (33) and Craig Mohring (35) all making useful contributions.
p IT'S the season for parties, glamour and making useful contacts - but for some that can also make it a time for awkward silences, drunken blunders and terrible faux pas.
But with Paul Franks and Mark Bowen also making useful contributions to back up Wharf, Notts were well pleased with their final total in the circumstances.
He said that it is education or health sector or economic development activities, there is tremendous scope for making useful contribution to serve the humanity.
Islamabad -- Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Revenue Haroon Akhtar said that business community was making useful contribution to the development of the economy and assured that he would play role for resolving its tax related issues.
But Koomen was in scintillating form in reply and thumped 77 runs, with Patrick Bellerby (31) and Ashley Sutton (30no) making useful knocks, as Neyland reached 162-3 to seal the win.