MANUFACTUREmanufacture, n. Patents. A thing that is made or built by a human being, as distinguished from something that is a product of nature; esp. any material form produced by a machine from an unshaped composition of matter. ? Manufactures are one of the statutory categories of inventions that can be patented. Examples of manufactures are chairs and tires.
¡ª Also termed article of manufacture. Cf. MACHINE; PROCESS(3). [Cases: Patents 13. C.J.S. Patents ¡ì 21.]
¡°A manufacture must have a definable structure that is claimed as its patentable characteristic. Manufactures are, after all, a category of product patents, and therefore must be ¡®things,¡¯ as opposed to ways or means. In summary, a patentable manufacture is any human-made structure that has inventive characteristics.¡± Arthur R. Miller & Michael H. Davis, Intellectual Property in a Nutshell 30 (2d ed. 1990).