patent

adjective
pat·​ent | \ senses 1–3 are ˈpa-tᵊnt How to pronounce patent (audio) , chiefly British ˈpā-; sense 4 ˈpā-; sense 5 ˈpā-, ˈpa-; senses 6–7 ˈpa-, ˈpā-, British usually ˈpā- How to pronounce patent (audio) \

Definition of patent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 patent foodstuffs have acquired an ever-increasing importance— Friedel Strauss
(2) : protected by a patent : made under a patent patent locks a patent coffee maker
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 : of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents especially for inventions a patent lawyer patent law
3 : making exclusive or proprietary claims or pretensions peddled his patent notions in season and out
4 : affording free passage : unobstructed a patent opening
5 : patulous, spreading a patent calyx
6 archaic : accessible, exposed
7 : readily visible or intelligible : obvious his patent sincerity a patent falsehood

patent

noun
pat·​ent | \ ˈpa-tᵊnt How to pronounce patent (audio) , British also ˈpā- How to pronounce patent (audio) \

Definition of patent (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an official document conferring a right or privilege : letters patent
2a : a writing securing for a term of years the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention
b : the monopoly or right so granted
c : a patented invention
4 : an instrument making a conveyance of public lands also : the land so conveyed

patent

verb
pat·​ent | \ ˈpa-tᵊnt How to pronounce patent (audio) , British also ˈpā- How to pronounce patent (audio) \
patented; patenting; patents

Definition of patent (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to obtain or grant a patent right to
2 : to grant a privilege, right, or license to by patent
3 : to obtain or secure by patent especially : to secure by letters patent exclusive right to make, use, or sell

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Other Words from patent

Adjective

patently adverb

Verb

patentability \ ˌpa-​tᵊn-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce patentability (audio) , British also  ˌpā-​ \ noun
patentable \ ˈpa-​tᵊn-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce patentable (audio) , British also  ˈpā-​ \ adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of patent in a Sentence

Adjective The company settled a patent dispute last year. the licensing of patent rights They were sued for patent infringement. His explanation turned out to be a patent lie. She acted with patent disregard for the rules. Noun The product is protected by patent. Verb The product was patented by its inventor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tech companies file patent infringement lawsuits all the time — BlackBerry just sued Facebook for patent infringement last week. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Match Group wants to buy Bumble. Now it’s also suing Bumble.," 17 Mar. 2018 The researchers gathered data on how many different provisions of patent law each examiner invoked, on the theory that a more effective examiner would invoke more patent law provisions, on average. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why the roots of patent trolling may be in the patent office," 5 Mar. 2018 Aspiring entrepreneurs will receive help in gaining access to business mentors, prototyping services, legal and patent advice and business plan development. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cleveland State University receives $1 million gift for entrepreneurship lab," 15 Dec. 2017 While that didn’t result in any new federal law, many states ultimately passed laws limiting how patent demand letters can be used. Joe Mullin, Ars Technica, "New bill would end Native American “sovereign immunity” for patents," 9 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Drive first spotted the patent, submitted in April 2018 and published on September 15, 2020. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Ford F-150 Electric Pickup May Get Newly Patented Range Extender in Its Bed," 6 Oct. 2020 The dispute between the two parties isn’t new, and Ocado has previously denied AutoStore’s accusations of patent infringement. Deirdre Hipwell, Bloomberg.com, "Ocado Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuits in U.S., U.K.," 1 Oct. 2020 After scoring more than $300 million in total damages from two juries in patent infringement lawsuits against Wells Fargo Bank, San Antonio’s USAA has set its sights on another big bank. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s USAA targets another big bank over technology patents," 1 Oct. 2020 The concept of the speaker is similar to what was pioneered by independent audio company Sonos, which this week sued Google for the second time, alleging patent infringement. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google introduces new phones, Google TV, smart speaker and Chromecast," 30 Sep. 2020 Blix, another member of the coalition that makes email service BlueMail, sued Apple in federal court for patent infringement. Washington Post, "Group of Apple adversaries aims to curb alleged bullying," 24 Sep. 2020 And in February 2020, Flywheel was forced to shut down the virtual classes that were connected to its in-home stationary bikes because of the two-year legal battle with Peloton over patent infringement. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "SoulCycle competitor Flywheel files for bankruptcy," 15 Sep. 2020 Velodyne sued both companies last year for patent infringement. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar is becoming a real business," 8 Sep. 2020 In July, Triller sued TikTok for patent infringement, and poached social media star and entrepreneur Josh Richards as chief strategy officer, announcing that Richards will leave TikTok to post exclusively on Triller. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Triller Signs Contract With 7digital, Adding 80 Million-Song Catalog For Users to Soundtrack Clips," 12 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company won't even patent the process for fear of exposing its secrets. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Racer, Advancements, Blunders, Designer, and More," 1 July 2020 The first patented drive-in movie theatre opened in 1933 in Camden, New Jersey, where audiences paid 25 cents per car, and the same again per occupant, to see the latest pictures. The Economist, "Parking it Drive-in shows, films, meals and even worship help ease lockdowns," 24 May 2020 Earlier this month, researchers from the virology institute in Wuhan filed an application to patent the drug’s use for treating the virus. Bloomberg.com, "Gilead’s Drug Leads Global Race for Coronavirus Treatment," 7 May 2020 Arkansas hunter Henry Gibson patented the first box call in 1897, and his caller was sold into the early 1920s. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Turkey Gear Hall of Fame," 4 May 2020 Paul patented the idea of mobile ride-hailing over a wireless network in 2002. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Sidecar lawsuit alleging Uber monopoly practices can continue, judge says," 1 May 2020 The automaker has patented a process that empowers a car to determine what odors exist within a car and adjust to accommodate passengers. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Ford Patents App to Check Ride-Share Cars for Bad Smells before You Get In," 21 Apr. 2020 Connecticut entrepreneur William Middlebrook patented a clip-winding machine in 1899, and American Clip Co. started cranking out the indispensable office supply stateside four years later. Popular Science, "Twelve classic products that were perfect from the start," 12 Apr. 2020 This styling cream is made with ingredients patented by Living Proof to reduce frizz. Popular Science, "Effective hair products for your everyday routine," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of patent

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for patent

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

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

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The first known use of patent was in the 14th century

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“Patent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patent. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for patent

patent

adjective
How to pronounce patent (audio) How to pronounce patent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of patent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: of, relating to, or concerned with patents
formal : obvious or clear

patent

noun
How to pronounce patent (audio) How to pronounce patent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of patent (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

patent

verb
How to pronounce patent (audio) How to pronounce patent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of patent (Entry 3 of 3)

: to get a patent for (something)

patent

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

Kids Definition of patent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : obvious, evident a patent lie
2 : relating to or concerned with patents patent law

patent

noun
pat·​ent | \ ˈpa-tᵊnt How to pronounce patent (audio) \

Kids Definition of patent (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

patent

verb
pat·​ent | \ ˈpa-tᵊnt How to pronounce patent (audio) \
patented; patenting

Kids Definition of patent (Entry 3 of 3)

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

patent

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

Medical Definition of patent

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 \ ˈpāt-​ \ : affording free passage : being open and unobstructed the nose patent with no pathological dischargeJournal of the American Medical Association

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patent

adjective
pat·​ent | \ ˈpat-ᵊnt, 3 also ˈpāt- How to pronounce patent (audio) \

Legal Definition of patent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : open to public inspection — see also letters patent at letter sense 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 : of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents especially for inventions a patent lawyer involved in patent litigation
3 : readily seen, discovered, or understood a patent defect if no bad faith or abuse is patent — compare latent

Other Words from patent

patently adverb

patent

noun
pat·​ent | \ ˈpat-ᵊnt How to pronounce patent (audio) \

Legal Definition of patent (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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 : 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 himU.S. Code — see also fee patent at fee sense 1
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Legal Definition of patent (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

History and Etymology for patent

Adjective

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

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