statutory subject matter

Definition of "statutory subject matter"
  1. An invention eligible for a utility patent because it falls within prescribed categories including articles of manufacture, compositions of matter, machines, processes, or their improvements
How to use "statutory subject matter" in a sentence
  1. The engineer's invention was considered statutory subject matter, making it eligible for a patent.
  2. Because the novel adhesive did not qualify as statutory subject matter, it could not be patented.
  3. The patent officer questioned whether the proposed innovation was indeed a statutory subject matter.

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