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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 log US English

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

Patent Roll US English

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

patent office US English

An office from which patents are issued

patent right US English

The exclusive right conferred by a patent

letters patent US English

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

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


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