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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unpatentable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unpatentable

1854, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unpatentable

Time Traveler for unpatentable

Time Traveler

The first known use of unpatentable was in 1854

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unpatentable

Cite this Entry

“Unpatentable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpatentable. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unpatentable


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

Legal Definition of unpatentable

: not patentable

Comments on unpatentable

What made you want to look up unpatentable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!