take out a patent on

idiom

: to obtain a patent (an official document that gives a person or company the right to be the only one that makes or sells a product for a certain period of time) for
They want to take out a patent on the process.

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“Take out a patent on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20out%20a%20patent%20on. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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