patentee

noun

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

Examples of patentee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the best assets are identified, a patentee must decide whether to monetize through licensing, sale or patent pools. John Quinn, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Patentee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patentee. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

patentee

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

Legal Definition

patentee

noun
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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