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patag2001
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STATUTORY CLASSES QUESTION
« on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:37pm »
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The statutory classes in accordance to 35 U.S.C. 101 are a useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter……
 
The terminology of machine and manufacture classes is unclear to me.  I presume a machine can include most any structure including a mechanical or electrical device.  A manufacture I would presume is something made such as a paper clip and the like.  Well, I can manufacture a mechanical or electrical device?  Hence, I am unclear on this.
 
Can anyone clear up for me the distinction between a manufacture and a machine?  
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Re: STATUTORY CLASSES QUESTION
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My understanding is that a machine has moving parts while a manufacture doesn't.  A paperclip would be a manufacture but not a machine.  
 
It's also my understanding that the distinction doesn't matter.
 
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