Rejection of a patent claim on the ground that the invention is inoperative, frivolous, fraudulent, or against the public interest.
? The classic examples are perpetual-motion machines (inoperative), cures for the common cold (frivolous because believed impossible, and also probably fraudulent), and gambling devices (formerly seen as against the public interest). [Cases: Patents 46. C.J.S. Patents ¡ì 59.]
How do Chinese lawyers translate the term lack-of-utility rejection?
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