patent right


Definition of patent right

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

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Recent Examples on the Web As part of the decision, the drug maker will no longer enforce patent rights relating to adults or children. Ed Silverman, STAT, "AbbVie waives all worldwide restrictions on making generic copies of its Kaletra HIV pill," 23 Mar. 2020 There’s also a mechanism for pharmaceutical companies to enforce patent rights in China and provisions that obligate the government to crack down on piracy and counterfeit goods. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A China Trade Relief," 15 Jan. 2020 The Department of Health and Human Services is suing Gilead Sciences over the patent rights to Truvada, Gilead’s HIV prevention drug better known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "U.S. sues Gilead, claiming it owns HIV PrEP patent," 7 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of patent right

1792, in the meaning defined above

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“Patent right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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