statutory subject matter
A requirement for utility patent rights. To qualify, an invention must fit into at least one of five categories: compositions of matter (compounds such as a drug or glue) articles of manufacture (simple devices such as screwdrivers and rakes) machines (devices with moving parts, such as an auto engine) processes (a method of doing something such as an implant procedure) and new and useful improvements of any of the above categories.
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