pat·​en·​tee ˌpa-tᵊn-ˈtē How to pronounce patentee (audio)
 British also  ˌpā-
: one to whom a grant is made or a privilege secured by patent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other issue with litigation is that the patentee must fund the case and balance the potential returns against costs. John Quinn, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 Such a letter helps start the damages clock, and companies are often more likely to take a license from a patentee that makes sincere overtures. John Quinn, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 If that ploy succeeds, any patentee facing IPR proceedings would presumably be able to defeat those proceedings by employing the same artifice. Joe Mullin, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patentee was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Patentee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


pat·​en·​tee ˌpat-ᵊn-ˈtē How to pronounce patentee (audio)
: one to whom a patent is granted

Legal Definition


pat·​en·​tee ˌpat-ᵊn-ˈtē How to pronounce patentee (audio)
: a person to whom a grant is made or privilege secured by patent
the patentee assigned the patent to his employer
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