patent right

noun

Definition of patent right

: a right granted by letters patent especially : the exclusive right to an invention

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Proposals include allowing the government to undermine patent rights, opening the door for generic versions to be made. Randall Rutta For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Lawmakers want to lower drug prices. Their plan would end up harming patients," 20 Aug. 2019 The case was really about the nature of patent rightsThe legal challenge to the IPR Process came from an oil company called Oil States Energy Services, which owns a patent on a method for securing a drilling tool to an oil well. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court upholds patent review process, dealing trolls a blow," 24 Apr. 2018 But at the same time, ZTE and other Chinese tech companies pay billions of dollars annually for high-tech US parts and patent rights. Joe Mcdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "US tariffs could spur tech development in China," 5 July 2018 Thanks to the tight control Edison exercised over patent rights, all but one of them had to pay license fees to use Edison’s movie cameras and other equipment. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 While the argument was officially over the difference between the executive and judicial branch, this was really a dispute about the nature of patent rights. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court upholds patent review process, dealing trolls a blow," 24 Apr. 2018 Take Allergan, which has attracted bipartisan scrutiny for transferring patent rights for a drug to a Native American tribe in hopes of avoiding a legal challenge. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Congress loves shaming CEOs. So why hasn’t pharma been put on the hot seat?," 28 Mar. 2018 Adding to patients’ woes, pharmaceutical companies have extended patent rights on blockbuster drugs to limit competition. Sujata Srinivasan, courant.com, "Rising Rx Prices Forcing Critical Choices; States May Be Last Hope For Consumers," 21 Mar. 2018 One reason for early concerns about these post-grant procedures is that the invalidation rate appeared to be so high, patent rights seemed downright ephemeral. Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Slate Magazine, "Should the Patent and Trademark Office Be Allowed to Change Its Mind?," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of patent right

1792, in the meaning defined above

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