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OPERATIVE. A workman; one employed to perform labor for another.
     2. This word is used in the bankrupt law of 19th August, 1841, s. 5, which directs that any person who shall have performed any labor as an operative in the service of any bankrupt shall be entitled to receive the full amount of wages due to him for such labor, not exceeding twenty-five dollars; provided that such labor shall have been performed within six months next before the bankruptcy of his employer.
     3. Under this act it has been decided that an apprentice who had done work beyond a task allotted to him by his master, commonly called overwork, under an agreement on the part of the master to pay for such work, was entitled as an operative. 1 Penn. Law Journ. 368. See 3 Rob. Adm. R. 237; 2 Cranch, 240 270.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Useful Requirement: The patent law specifies that the subject matter must be "useful." The term "useful" in this connection refers to the condition that the subject matter has a useful purpose and also includes operativeness, that is, a machine which will not operate to perform the intended purpose would not be called useflil, and therefore would not be granted a patent.
(27.) See MPEP [section] 2107.01; see also MPEP [section] 608.03 ("With the exception of cases involving perpetual motion, a model is not ordinarily required by the Office to demonstrate the operativeness of a device."); MPEP [section] 706.03(a).
On ground of the existing empirical findings, it is likely that households belonging to the same extended family are linked through resource transfers with operativeness and/or effectiveness of the linkage being dependent on the financial status of the involved households.