Definition of patent in English:

patent

Line breaks: pa¦tent
Pronunciation: /ˈpat(ə)nt
 
, ˈpeɪt(ə)nt
 
/

noun

  • A government authority or licence 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
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    copyright, licence, legal protection, right, performing right, permit, privilege, charter, franchise, registered trademark

adjective

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  • 2 Medicine (Of a vessel, duct, or aperture) open and unobstructed; failing to close: the patient is usually left with a patent vessel
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    • 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.
  • 2.1(Of a parasitic infection) showing detectable parasites in the tissues or faeces: there are a few recorded cases of patent infection in man

verb

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  • Obtain a patent for (an invention): an invention is not your own until it is patented
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    • 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.

Derivatives

patentability

noun
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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.

patentable

adjective
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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.

patentor

noun
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  • In order to protect the legal rights of the patentor, they carefully researched the petition of the company and suggested the face-to-face negotiation between company representatives.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patent- 'lying open', from the verb patere. The noun sense is from letters patent.

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