Definitions for patentˈpæt nt; for 10,12-15 ˈpeɪt-; esp. Brit. ˈpeɪt-
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patent, patent of invention(noun)
a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
patent, letters patent(adj)
an official document granting a right or privilege
(of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage
"patent ductus arteriosus"
apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable(verb)
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"
obtain a patent for
"Should I patent this invention?"
grant rights to; grant a patent for
make open to sight or notice
"His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous
open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter
appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a patent right; patent medicines
spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf
a letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party
a writing securing to an invention
a document making a grant and conveyance of public lands
the right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent
to grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to secure or protect by patent; as, to patent an invention; to patent public lands
Origin: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem, and may be a product or a process. Patents are a form of intellectual property. The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission. Under the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, patents should be available in WTO member states for any invention, in all fields of technology, and the term of protection available should be a minimum of twenty years. Nevertheless, there are variations on what is patentable subject matter from country to country.
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Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Assuring better quality patents will help blunt the patent troll problem.
Within two to three years, we will be talking about patent reform again. You can bank on it.
While this would remain under appeal, the patent remains valid and enforceable during that time.
We're going to dip these in AIDS blood, and we'll put a patent on them, we'll sell them as deadly weapons.
Lilly has weathered one of the industry's most challenging storms of patent expirations and is primed to grow.
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- patent, patentarCatalan, Valencian
- Patent, patentieren, lassenGerman
- suoranainen, patentti, ilmeinen, patentoidaFinnish
- szabadalom, szabadalmaztatHungarian
- 特許取得, 明らかな, 特許, 権利証Japanese
- Brevet, PatentLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- patent, octrooiDutch
- oczywisty, patent, opatentowaćPolish
- patente, patentearPortuguese
- патент, очевидный, патентовать, брать патент, явныйRussian
- patentera, patentSwedish
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