Pronunciation: /ˈpatnt /
- 1A government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention: he took out a patent for an improved steam hammer Compare with letters patent.More example sentences
copyright, license, legal protection, registered trademark
- Last year, the country was granted 146 U.S. patents for various technologies and products.
- The present proceedings were initiated by the claimant, whose claim alleges that Process A infringes the patent in suit.
- The number of issued software patents grew exponentially in the U.S. beginning in the early 1980s.
- 2 short for patent leather.
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- 1 /ˈpātnt, ˈpat-/ Easily recognizable; obvious: she was smiling with patent insincerityMore example sentences
- What seems to plague both of these films and so many like them is their patent insincerity.
- What is a patent truism to one side is an obvious falsehood to the other.
- The continued blind oversight of human rights abuses in conjunction with the blatant abuse of democracy is patent, and is incomprehensible.
- 2 Medicine /ˈpātnt, ˈpat-/ (Of a vessel, duct, or aperture) open and unobstructed; failing to close.More example sentences
- The renal artery, vein, and attached segment of ureter were patent and showed no evidence of tumor involvement.
- The pancreatic duct and main branches were patent and grossly unremarkable.
- Focal pressure was applied to temporarily occlude vessels that appeared to be patent.
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- Obtain a patent for (an invention): an invention is not your own until it is patentedMore example sentences
- Ben has patented his invention and a Sheffield company has already shown interest in developing the device.
- The doctors have patented their invention and say it could soon be available to all air passengers.
- There can be tax advantages in patenting a product - income from a patent, can, in some cases, be tax-free.
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- Potential anticancer drugs should be judged on their scientific merit, not on their patentability.
- New plant or animal varieties are completely excluded from patentability.
- In Europe, a public disclosure is an absolute bar to patentability.
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- Ideas and natural phenomena were not patentable.
- What is in public domain is not patentable.
- If basic scientific findings were patentable, the tracing problem would be particularly acute.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patent- 'lying open', from the verb patere.