unpatentable

adjective
un·​pat·​ent·​able | \ ˌən-ˈpa-tᵊn-tə-bəl How to pronounce unpatentable (audio) , British also -ˈpā- \

Definition of unpatentable

: unable to be patented : not patentable an unpatentable invention

Examples of unpatentable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under debate are the notions that natural phenomena, observations of laws of nature, and abstract ideas are unpatentable. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented," 5 June 2019 The high court took the case and overruled the lower court in a unanimous decision, finding that the patent claimed an unpatentable law of nature. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018 This would obviate the need for patents and make a huge amount of unpatentable research available for commercialization. Paul J. Marangos, WSJ, "The Terminally Ill Need More Than the ‘Right to Try’," 13 Aug. 2018 Further, much existing scientific research is unpatentable. Paul J. Marangos, WSJ, "The Terminally Ill Need More Than the ‘Right to Try’," 13 Aug. 2018 Also, this bill should provide 10 years of marketing exclusivity for terminal-disease drugs which would obviate the need for patents and open a huge trove of currently unpatentable science for development. WSJ, "The ‘Right to Try’ Bill Wasn’t Worth Passing," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of unpatentable

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpatentable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpatentable. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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unpatentable

adjective
un·​pat·​ent·​able | \ ˌən-ˈpat-ᵊn-tə-bəl \

Legal Definition of unpatentable

: not patentable

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