patented

adjective
pat·​ent·​ed | \ˈpa-tᵊn-təd, British also ˈpā-\

Definition of patented 

: originated by or peculiar to one person or group : individualized

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Examples of patented in a Sentence

the radio commentator went into one of his patented tirades after an astute caller questioned his knowledge of the facts

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Try Uplift Coffee, the first bottled coffee made with the revolutionary Warm Brewing™ process and infused with a patented melange of brain-enhancing nootropics! Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why You’re Buying Products From Companies You’ve Never Heard Of," 4 Oct. 2018 The 48-year-old Minnesota man was at SunTrust Park, his family told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to install his patented beer tap system that was going to slash pour times throughout the ballpark. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb medical examiner yet to find cause of Braves beer cooler death," 29 June 2018 In 2015, the U.S. company Vringo and ZTE reached a $21.5 million settlement after Vringo accused ZTE of allowing the dissemination of proprietary information and using patented technology without paying licensing fees. Annie Fixler, Fortune, "How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility," 12 June 2018 San Antonio financial services giant USAA alleges in a new lawsuit that Wells Fargo Bank is infringing on its patented technology that allows customers to deposit checks electronically. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "USAA sues Wells Fargo Bank for patent infringement," 8 June 2018 Healy waved at a curveball in the dirt, stranding the runners and eliciting McCullers' patented fist pump and yell. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "7th-inning rally sends Astros past Mariners," 7 June 2018 Earlier this month, Ancestry’s chief competitor in the genetic genealogy game, 23andMe, filed a lawsuit in California federal district court, alleging that Ancestry infringed on its patented method for identifying relatives from tidbits of DNA. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "23andMe Is Suing Ancestry Over Some Pretty Ancient IP," 30 May 2018 The modern tampon traces back to the mid-1930s, when Tampax began selling their patented applicator. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why Do Americans Refuse to Give Up Tampons?," 21 May 2018 This feels like a problem only Aaron Sorkin could solve with one of his patented flashback-heavy scripts (see: Social Network, Jobs). Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty': Book Review," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of patented

1951, in the meaning defined above

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