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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
ART. The power of doing. something not taught by nature or instinct.
Johnson. Eunomus defines art to be a collection of certain rules for doing
anything in a set form. Dial. 2, p. 74. The Dictionaire des Sciences
Medicales, q.v., defines it in nearly the same terms.
2. The arts are divided into mechanical and liberal arts. The
mechanical arts are those which require more bodily than mental labor; they
are usually called trades, and those who pursue them are called artisans or
mechanics. The liberal are those which have for the sole or principal
object, works of the mind, and those who are engaged in them are called
artists. Pard. Dr. Com. n. 35.
3. The act of Congress of July 4, 1836, s. 6, in describing the
subjects of patents, uses the term art. The sense of this word in its usual
acceptation is perhaps too comprehensive. The thing to be patented is not a
mere elementary, principle, or intellectual discovery, but a principle put
in practice, and applied to some art, machine, manufacture, or composition
of matter. 4 Mason, 1.
4. Copper-plate printing on the back of a bank note, is an art for
which a patent may be granted. 4 Wash. C. C. R. 9.
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