Definitions for patent
ˈpæt nt; for 10,12-15 ˈpeɪt-; esp. Brit. ˈpeɪt-patent
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word patent.
patent, patent of inventionnoun
a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
patent, letters patentadjective
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, unmistakableverb
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"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: patens, Latin; patent, French.
Madder is esteemed a commodity that will turn to good profit; so that, in king Charles the first’s time, it was made a patent commodity. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
A writ conferring some exclusive right or privilege.
If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her patent to offend; for if it touch not you, it comes near no body. William Shakespeare.
So will I grow, so live, so die,
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.
We are censured as obstinate, in not complying with a royal patent. Jonathan Swift.
A patent is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention for a limited period of time in exchange for publishing an enabling disclosure of the invention. In most countries, patent rights fall under private law and the patent holder must sue someone infringing the patent in order to enforce their rights. In some industries patents are an essential form of competitive advantage; in others they are irrelevant.: 17 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 scope of protection that is being sought. A patent may include many claims, each of which defines a specific property right. Under the World Trade Organization's (WTO) TRIPS Agreement, patents should be available in WTO member states for any invention, in all fields of technology, provided they are new, involve an inventive step, and are capable of industrial application. Nevertheless, there are variations on what is patentable subject matter from country to country, also among WTO member states. TRIPS also provides that the term of protection available should be a minimum of twenty years.
A patent is a legal document granted by the government, giving the owner exclusive rights to make, use, sell or import an invention for a certain period of time. These rights are usually given to inventors or businesses in return for detailed public disclosure of a new technology or innovation. Patents are intended to encourage innovation and creativity by providing inventors with protection for their inventions. The period of exclusivity is typically 20 years from the date the patent application was filed.
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
Etymology: [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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Patent is ranked #157234 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Patent surname appeared 103 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Patent.
99.9% or 103 total occurrences were White.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'patent' in Nouns Frequency: #2505
The numerical value of patent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of patent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Hyundai has belatedly realized the importance of patents and has been keeping pace with rivals, while Hyundai has increased the number of its patent filings, it is still a follower in terms of patent quality.
He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination--and taxes.
The calculation of damages needs reform in patent law. We need some method of damages apportionment similar to what is making its way through Congress. As most of the companies I represent are in the high tech arena, the market capture rule, especially in cases where the plaintiff solely seeks a reasonable royalty, is problematic."
Over the past three years, New York-based IBM has attempted to conclude a fair and reasonable patent license agreement with Groupon, and we are disappointed that Groupon is seeking to divert attention from its patent infringement by suing.
If the Queen had not issued a Letters Patent in 2012, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would now be styled as the children of a Duke, the 2012 Letters Patent was a reflection of the then upcoming changes to the Succession to the Crown Act, which in 2013 ended the system of male primogeniture, and meant that Princess Charlotte kept Princess Charlotte place in the line of succession when Princess Charlotte younger brother was born.
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Translations for patent
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- براءة الإختراعArabic
- patent, patentarCatalan, Valencian
- Patent, patentieren, lassenGerman
- ثبت اختراعPersian
- suoranainen, patentoida, ilmeinen, patenttiFinnish
- szabadalmaztat, szabadalomHungarian
- 明らかな, 特許取得, 権利証, 特許Japanese
- Brevet, PatentLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- patent, octrooiDutch
- oczywisty, opatentować, patentPolish
- patentear, patentePortuguese
- явный, патент, очевидный, патентовать, брать патентRussian
- patent, patenteraSwedish
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