manufacture,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. — Also termed article of manufacture. Cf. MACHINE; PROCESS(3). [Cases: Patents 13.C.J.S. Patents § 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).
[Blacks Law 8th]