un·​pat·​ent·​able | \ ˌən-ˈpa-tᵊn-tə-bəl , British also -ˈpā-\

Definition of unpatentable

: unable to be patented : not patentable an unpatentable invention

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

Legal Definition of unpatentable

: not patentable

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