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patent

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adjective pat·ent \1–3 are ˈpa-tənt, chiefly British ˈpā-; 4 ˈpā-; 5 ˈpā-, ˈpa-; 6–7 ˈpa-, ˈpā-, British usually ˈpā-\

Simple Definition of patent

  • : of, relating to, or concerned with patents

  • : obvious or clear

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patent

  1. 1 a :  open to public inspection —used chiefly in the phrase letters patent b (1) :  secured by letters patent or by a patent to the exclusive control and possession of a particular individual or party (2) :  protected by a patent :  made under a patent <patent locks> c :  protected by a trademark or a brand name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by letters patent or a patent :  proprietary <patent drugs>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents especially for inventions <a patent lawyer>

  3. 3 :  making exclusive or proprietary claims or pretensions

  4. 4 :  affording free passage :  unobstructed <a patent opening>

  5. 5 :  patulous, spreading <a patent calyx>

  6. 6 archaic :  accessible, exposed

  7. 7 :  readily visible or intelligible :  obvious

patently adverb

Examples of patent in a sentence

  1. The company settled a patent dispute last year.

  2. the licensing of patent rights

  3. They were sued for patent infringement.

  4. His explanation turned out to be a patent lie.

  5. She acted with patent disregard for the rules.



Origin of patent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin patent-, patens, from present participle of patēre to be open — more at fathom


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of patent

evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, apparent, plain, clear mean readily perceived or apprehended. evident implies presence of visible signs that lead one to a definite conclusion <an evident fondness for sweets>. manifest implies an external display so evident that little or no inference is required <manifest hostility>. patent applies to a cause, effect, or significant feature that is clear and unmistakable once attention has been directed to it <patent defects>. distinct implies such sharpness of outline or definition that no unusual effort to see or hear or comprehend is required <a distinct refusal>. obvious implies such ease in discovering that it often suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer <the obvious solution>. apparent is very close to evident except that it may imply more conscious exercise of inference <for no apparent reason>. plain suggests lack of intricacy, complexity, or elaboration <her feelings about him are plain>. clear implies an absence of anything that confuses the mind or obscures the pattern <a clear explanation>.

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patent

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noun pat·ent \ˈpa-tənt, British also ˈpā-\

Simple Definition of patent

  • : an official document that gives a person or company the right to be the only one that makes or sells a product for a certain period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patent

  1. 1 :  an official document conferring a right or privilege :  letters patent

  2. 2 a :  a writing securing for a term of years the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention b :  the monopoly or right so granted c :  a patented invention

  3. 3 :  privilege, license

  4. 4 :  an instrument making a conveyance of public lands; also :  the land so conveyed

  5. 5 :  patent leather

Examples of patent in a sentence

  1. The product is protected by patent.



14th Century

First Known Use of patent

14th century


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patent

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verb pat·ent \same as 2\

Simple Definition of patent

  • : to get a patent for (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patent

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to obtain or grant a patent right to

  3. 2 :  to grant a privilege, right, or license to by patent

  4. 3 :  to obtain or secure by patent; especially :  to secure by letters patent exclusive right to make, use, or sell

patentability play \ˌpa-tən-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, British also ˌpā-\ noun
patentable play \ˈpa-tən-tə-bəl, British also ˈpā-\ adjective

Examples of patent in a sentence

  1. The product was patented by its inventor.



1675

First Known Use of patent

1675



PATENT Defined for Kids

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patent

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adjective pat·ent \for 1 ˈpa-tənt or ˈpā-, for 2 ˈpa-\

Definition of patent for Students

  1. 1 :  obvious, evident <a patent lie>

  2. 2 :  relating to or concerned with patents <patent law>




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patent

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noun pat·ent \ˈpa-tənt\

Definition of patent for Students

  1. :  a document that gives the inventor of something the right to be the only one to make or sell the invention for a certain number of years




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patent

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verb pat·ent \ˈpa-tənt\

Definition of patent for Students

patentedpatenting

  1. :  to obtain the legal right to be the only one to make or sell an invention




Medical Dictionary

patent

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adjective pa·tent \ˈpat-ənt, British usually ˈpāt-\

Medical Definition of patent

  1. 1:  protected by a trademark or a trade name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by a patent :  proprietary <patent drugs>

  2. 2\ˈpāt-\:  affording free passage :  being open and unobstructed <the nose patent with no pathological discharge—Journal of the American Medical Association>




Law Dictionary

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patent

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adjective pat·ent \ˈpat-ənt, 3 also ˈpāt-\

Legal Definition of patent

  1. 1a :  open to public inspection — see also letters patent at letter 2 b :  secured or protected by a patent <a nonexclusive patent license to produce and sell the product> <sought to enforce her patent rights against infringement>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents esp. for inventions <a patent lawyer> <involved in patent litigation>

  3. 3 :  readily seen, discovered, or understood <a patent defect> <if no bad faith or abuse is patent> — compare latent

patently adverb


Origin of patent

Anglo-French, from Latin patent- patens, from present participle of patēre to be open


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patent

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noun pat·ent \ˈpat-ənt\

Legal Definition of patent

  1. 1 :  an official document conferring a right or privilege :  letters patent at letter 2

  2. 2a :  the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention or products made by an invented process that is granted to an inventor and his or her heirs or assigns for a term of years — see also intellectual property at property — compare copyright, trademark Editor's note: A patent may be granted for a process, act, or method that is new, useful, and not obvious, for a new use of a known process, machine, or composition of matter or material, as well as for an asexually reproduced distinct and new variety of plant (excluding one propagated from a tuber), and for any new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Design patents are issued for a term of 14 years. Patents issuing on applications made after June 8, 1995, for basic or plant patents (excluding design patents) are for a term of 20 years from the date of application. An inventor can file a provisional patent application, which requires less documentation and lower fees than a regular application, before reducing the invention to practice. This allows the inventor to claim “patent pending” status for the invention and to establish an earlier filing date and priority of the invention. A regular patent application must be made within a year of the provisional application or it will expire. Patents are considered personal property and may be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred. Under common law, if a patented invention or discovery is made while the inventor is working for a company, and is made on company time with company facilities and materials, the employer receives an irrevocable, nonassignable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use it. Often an employee is required contractually to assign his or her patent to the employer. b :  the writing securing such a right <received his patent in the mail> c :  a patented invention <all substantial rights to a patentInternal Revenue Code>

  3. 3 :  an instrument making a conveyance of public lands <to issue a patent to each of said Indians for the village or town lot occupied by him — U.S. Code> — see also fee patent at fee 1




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patent

transitive verb pat·ent

Legal Definition of patent

  1. :  to obtain or grant a right to (something) by a patent <the land was patented to the railroad>; specifically :  to protect the rights to (an invention) by a patent <printed matter cannot be patented>





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