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MACHINE. A contrivance which serves to apply or regulate moving power; or it is a tool more or less complicated, which is used to render useful natural instruments, Clef. des Lois Rom. h.t.
     2. The act of congress gives to inventors the right to obtain a patent right for any new and useful improvement on any art, machine, manufacture, &c. Act of congress, July 4, 1836, s. 6. See Pet. C. C. 394; 3 Wash. C. C. 443; 1 Wash. C. C. 108; 1 Wash. C. C. 168; 1 Mason, 447; Paine, 300; 4 Wash. C. C. 538; 1 How. U. S., 202; S. C. 17 Pet. 228; 2 McLean, 176.

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A committee of nearly 70 experts from private, government and higher education sectors selected the finalists in seven categories of invention, which included: biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, chemicals/materials science, medical devices, mechanical devices, computer hardware/electrical devices, and computer software.
Illustrating the ongoing importance of classical mechanical devices as well as the latest mechatronic devices, this visual reference for engineers offers inspiration for creating new or modified mechanical, electromechanical, and mechatronic devices.
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