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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patent, patent of inventionnoun

    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

  2. patent, letters patentadjective

    an official document granting a right or privilege

  3. patentadjective

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

    "patent ductus arteriosus"

  4. 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"

  5. patentverb

    obtain a patent for

    "Should I patent this invention?"

  6. patentverb

    grant rights to; grant a patent for

  7. patentverb

    make open to sight or notice

    "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Patentadjective

    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.

  2. Patentnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patentadjective

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

  2. Patentadjective

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

  3. Patentadjective

    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. Patentadjective

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

  5. Patentadjective

    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. Patentadjective

    a writing securing to an invention

  7. Patentadjective

    a document making a grant and conveyance of public lands

  8. Patentadjective

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

  9. Patentverb

    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. Etymology: [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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  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. Tony Trippe:

    Automakers aren’t as good as technology companies in tooting their own horns, but when you look at the patent data, the automakers are all over this.

  2. The United:

    The rapid growth of foreign patents in China shows that foreign enterprises have firm confidence in China's patent protection and business environment, we urge the The United States side to stop politicizing economic and trade issues.

  3. H. E. Martz:

    He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination--and taxes.

  4. Ameet Hariani:

    This is an interim sort of measure taken by the court, and the decision on the patent of sitagliptin is subject to final orders.

  5. Tony Trippe:

    Automakers aren't as good as technology companies in tooting their own horns, but when you look at the patent data, the automakers are all over this.

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