pat·​ent·​ed | \ ˈpa-tᵊn-təd How to pronounce patented (audio) , British also ˈpā-\

Definition of patented

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

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

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Companies that license patented inventions also joined in opposing Koh’s ruling, including Dolby Laboratories, Nokia and Interdigital. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Legal, economics experts join Justice Department in seeking reversal of monopoly ruling against Qualcomm," 3 Sep. 2019 Qualcomm makes chips that are essential for connecting wireless devices including smartphones to the internet, but a big chunk of Qualcomm’s profits come from licensing its patented technology to device makers. Washington Post, "Qualcomm’s Apple Settlement Doesn’t End Risk to Its Business Model," 17 Apr. 2019 The simulator, which arrived at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds in 2016, consists of a carbon fiber buck (essentially a car without a back half, wheels, or any finishing touches) on a patented motion platform that can move it in any direction. Alex Davies, WIRED, "How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette," 18 July 2019 How to describe the patented feeling that only this 28-year-old West Yorkshire folkie can conjure? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Makes Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran," 17 July 2019 EyeFunny designer Jury Kawamura launched his company in 2003 with a patented diamond smiley, and 16 years later, his handmade pieces are finally finding commercial success. Brooke Mazurek, Billboard, "Why Justin Bieber, J Balvin & More Are Obsessed With Smiley Faces in Fashion," 14 June 2019 Soon after, Peloton filed its initial lawsuit, alleging that Flywheel was copying its patented technology with the home exercise product. Julie Verhage, Fortune, "Flywheel Hopes to Leave Peloton's Claims of Patent Infringement in the Dust," 6 June 2019 Their most impressive feature is the patented acoustic structure that separates the sound frequencies and dispenses them in different channels, resulting in clarity and surround sound. Popular Mechanics, "These High Fidelity Surround Sound Earphones Are Going for Cheap," 8 May 2019 The dispute before the Supreme Court involves Tempnology LLC, which makes sportswear including towels, hoodies and other apparel with a patented fabric that can lower its temperature by up to 30% when wet. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Review Bankrupt Company’s Trademark Dispute," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of patented

1951, in the meaning defined above

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