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Meaning of PATENT

Pronunciation:  'patnt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
  2. [n]  an official document granting a right or privilege
  3. [adj]  clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"
  4. [adj]  (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"
  5. [v]  make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
  6. [v]  obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"
  7. [v]  grant rights to; grant a patent for

PATENT is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: apparent, evident, letters patent, manifest, obvious, patent of invention, plain, unobstructed
 See Also: alter, change, document, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document, papers, procure, register, secure, written document



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pat"ent\ (p[a^]t"ent or p[=a]t"ent), a. [L. patens,
    -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf.
    Note: (Oftener pronounced p[=a]t"ent in this sense) Open;
          expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest;
          public; conspicuous.
                He had received instructions, both patent and
                secret.                            --Motley.
    2. Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring
       some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See {Letters
       patent}, under 3d {Letter}.
    3. Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by
       official authority to the exclusive possession, control,
       and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a
       patent right; patent medicines.
             Madder . . . in King Charles the First's time, was
             made a patent commodity.              --Mortimer.
    4. (Bot.) Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the
       steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
    {Patent leather}, a varnished or lacquered leather, used for
       boots and shoes, and in carriage and harness work.
    {Patent office}, a government bureau for the examination of
       inventions and the granting of patents.
    {Patent right}.
       (a) The exclusive right to an invention, and the control
           of its manufacture.
       (b) (Law) The right, granted by the sovereign, of
           exclusive control of some business of manufacture, or
           of the sale of certain articles, or of certain offices
           or prerogatives.
    {Patent rolls}, the registers, or records, of patents.
  2. \Pat"ent\, n. [Cf. F. patente. See {Patent}, a.]
    1. A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document,
       issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or
       privilege on some person or party. Specifically:
       (a) A writing securing to an invention.
       (b) A document making a grant and conveyance of public
                 Four other gentlemen of quality remained
                 mentioned in that patent.         --Fuller.
    Note: In the United States, by the act of 1870, patents for
          inventions are issued for seventeen years, without the
          privilege of renewal except by act of Congress.
    2. The right or privilege conferred by such a document;
       hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the
       nature of a patent.
             If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her
             patent to offend.                     --Shak.
  3. \Pat"ent\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Patented}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Patenting}.]
    To grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to
    secure or protect by patent; as, to patent an invention; to
    patent public lands.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A grant to an inventor of the right to exclude others for a limited time from make, using, or selling his invention in the United States.
 Definition: In genetics, conferring the right or title to genes, gene variations, or identifiable portions of sequenced genetic material to an individual or organization.
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