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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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Drawing on their national (English) evaluation of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) which can be defined as network-based organizations dedicated to the promotion of evidence-based change and systemic knowledge mobilisation in regional patches, Burton and Rycroft-Malone (4) suggest that such PPI informed approaches could now be usefully extended to the domain of 'implementation.' But we ask: PPI involvement could contribute to the implementation of what?
Another good, sound book and usefully dealing with a much admired though not always understood area.
The Government has the power to create all the money necessary to keep people usefully employed, but it creates only three per cent of the total, as cash.
However, the SWOT paradigm can also be usefully applied outside of the business domain and is here used to analyze the academic activity of the classroom.
It concludes that fiscal instruments are a "cost-effective" means to promote environmental goals and highlights in which cases taxes and other types of fiscal instruments can usefully complement each other to achieve environmental targets.
Major energy companies are backing the initiative and it could make a major difference to cutting home fuel bills and keeping construction workers usefully employed rather than sitting out the recession on the dole.
It also highlights where such work can be usefully combined, reducing downtime and increasing efficiency.
The book analyzes the relevant procedural, practical and technical issues inherent in the process of disclosure of electronic documents in international arbitration, "including those lessons and principles that can be usefully adapted from the litigation experience," Juris said.
when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day...
Margaret Thatcher's proposal for Sandhurst-type officer selection and training might usefully be revisited.
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On the one hand, it is an interdisciplinary work that very usefully brings "high" literature, popular literature, films, politics, and law into conversation with each other.