Definition of patent in English:


Syllabification: pat·ent


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.
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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.
copyright, license, legal protection, registered trademark
2 short for patent leather.


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1 /ˈpātnt, ˈpatnt/ Easily recognizable; obvious: she was smiling with patent insincerity
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  • 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, ˈpatnt/ (Of a vessel, duct, or aperture) open and unobstructed; failing to close.
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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 feces.
3 /ˈpatnt/ [attributive] Made and marketed under a patent; proprietary: patent milk powder
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  • It benefits from a tax-free patent income scheme which allows it to retain earnings.
proprietary, patented, licensed, branded


Pronunciation: /ˈpatnt
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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.


late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patent- 'lying open', from the verb patere.



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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.

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