What does patent mean?

Definitions for patent
ˈpæt nt; for 10,12-15 ˈpeɪt-; esp. Brit. ˈpeɪt-patent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word patent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patent, patent of invention(noun)

    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

  2. patent, letters patent(adj)

    an official document granting a right or privilege

  3. patent(adj)

    (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

    "patent ductus arteriosus"

  4. 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"

  5. patent(verb)

    obtain a patent for

    "Should I patent this invention?"

  6. patent(verb)

    grant rights to; grant a patent for

  7. patent(verb)

    make open to sight or notice

    "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patent(adj)

    open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous

  2. Patent(adj)

    open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter

  3. Patent(adj)

    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

  4. Patent(adj)

    spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf

  5. Patent(adj)

    a letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party

  6. Patent(adj)

    a writing securing to an invention

  7. Patent(adj)

    a document making a grant and conveyance of public lands

  8. Patent(adj)

    the right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent

  9. Patent(verb)

    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

  10. Origin: [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. Fathom.]


  1. Patent

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Patent

    pā′tent, or pat′ent, adj. lying open: conspicuous: public: protected by a patent: (bot.) spreading: expanding.—n. an official document, open, and having the Great Seal of the government attached to it, conferring an exclusive right or privilege, as a title of nobility, or the sole right for a term of years to the proceeds of an invention: something invented and protected by a patent.—v.t. Pā′tent, to grant or secure by patent.—adj. Pā′tentable, capable of being patented.—ns. Pātentee′, one who holds a patent, or to whom a patent is granted—also Pā′tenter; Pā′tent-leath′er, a kind of leather to which a permanently polished surface is given by a process of japanning; Pā′tentor, one who grants or who secures a patent; Pā′tent-right, the exclusive right reserved by letters-patent.—n.pl. Pā′tent-rolls, the register of letters-patent issued in England.—Patent medicine, a medicine sold under the authority of letters-patent, any proprietary medicine generally on which stamp-duty is paid; Patent office, an office for the granting of patents for inventions; Patent outside, or inside, a newspaper printed on the outside or inside only, sold to a publisher who fills the other side with his own material, as local news, &c. [Fr.,—L. patens, -entis, pr.p. of patēre, to lie open.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'patent' in Nouns Frequency: #2505

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of patent in a Sentence

  1. Robert Stoll:

    Assuring better quality patents will help blunt the patent troll problem.

  2. Yar Chaikovsky:

    Within two to three years, we will be talking about patent reform again. You can bank on it.

  3. Celgene Corp on Thursday:

    While this would remain under appeal, the patent remains valid and enforceable during that time.

  4. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley:

    Compulsory licences are already provided in our patent law. That existing provision will continue.

  5. Richard Matt:

    We're going to dip these in AIDS blood, and we'll put a patent on them, we'll sell them as deadly weapons.

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