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Patent meaning

patent - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
  2. 2. Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a patent right; patent medicines.
  3. 3. Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
  4. 4. A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
  5. 5. A writing securing to an invention.
  6. 6. A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
  7. 7. The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent.
  8. 8. To grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to secure or protect by patent; as, to patent an invention; to patent public lands.
  9. 9. A legal monopoly, granted by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office ( PTO), for the use, manufacture and sale of an invention. Patents on useful devices, called utility patents, last for 20 years from the date the patent application was filed. Design patents last for 14 years from the date issued. And plant patents last for 17 years from the date issued.
  10. 10. Open to public perusal; - said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
  11. 11. Official document securing a privilege.
  12. 12. Open; manifest; protected by a patent.

patent - examples of usage

  1. It may be of interest if I describe how the patent of nobility came to be conferred in this case. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. All she knew was that Drake, whom she liked for his rough, patent manhood, had very kindly offered the services of his jockey; a jockey whom he had faith in. - "Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course", W. B. M. Ferguson.
  3. Sooner or later he undoubtedly hopes to patent whatever he's doing. - "Syndrome", Thomas Hoover.
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