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patent US English

A 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

patent US Thesaurus

there is a patent on the drug

off-patent US English

No longer subject to patent restrictions

patent food US English

A proprietary foodstuff.

patent fuel US English

Fuel in the form of briquettes or blocks made by compressing and shaping crushed coal, with added binder if necessary.

patent log US English

A mechanical device used to measure the speed and distance traveled through the water of a ship or boat

patent malt US English

Malt which has been roasted so as to alter its flavour and colour.

patent note US English

= shape-note; frequently attributive.

Patent Roll US English

(In the UK) a parchment roll listing the patents issued in a particular year

patent sail US English

An automatically controlled windmill sail.

patent house US English

= patent theatre.

patent-monger US English

A person who makes money from the buying or selling of patents, a holder of many patents.

patent office US English

An office from which patents are issued

patent right US English

The exclusive right conferred by a patent

patent rubber US English

Any of various kinds of vulcanized sheet rubber, typically used to make manufactured articles, especially clothing; chiefly attributive.

patent still US English

A type of still, patented by Aeneas Coffey in 1830, which operates on a continuous basis, with the wash flowing against a current of steam which strips out the alcohol, and gives a much greater output than a pot still operating on a batch basis.

patent troll US English

A company that obtains the rights to one or more patents in order to profit by means of licensing or litigation, rather than by producing its own goods or services

letters patent US English

An open document issued by a monarch or government conferring a patent or other right

patent insides US English

Inside pages of a newspaper which are bought by a publisher already printed with syndicated articles, etc.

patent leather US English

Leather with a glossy varnished surface, used chiefly for shoes, belts, and purses

patent medicine US English

A proprietary medicine made and marketed under a patent and available without prescription

patent outsides US English

Outside pages of a newspaper preprinted with syndicated articles.

patent theatre US English

Any of several theatres established by Royal Patent between the 17th and 19th centuries; specifically (in London) the theatres of Covent Garden and Drury Lane, whose Patents were granted by Charles II in 1662.

patent trolling US English

The practice of obtaining and using patents for licensing or litigation purposes, rather than in the production of one’s own goods or services

Patent Safety Cab US English

The original name for the hansom cab, which was fitted with a device to prevent overturning should the cab tilt from side to side.

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