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Definitions of patent

  1.   obtain a patent for; " Should I patent this invention?"
  2.   To secure by patent.
  3.   Open; unconcealed; open to the perusal of all; protected by special privilege, as by letters patent; in bot., spreading widely; expanded.
  4.   an official document granting a right or privilege
  5.   Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
  6.   A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
  7.   Open to public perusal; - said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
  8.   A writing securing to an invention.
  9.   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"
  10.   A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
  11.   The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent.
  12.   A legal monopoly, granted by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office ( PTO), for the use, manufacture and sale of an invention. Patents on useful devices, called utility patents, last for 20 years from the date the patent application was filed. Design patents last for 14 years from the date issued. And plant patents last for 17 years from the date issued.
  13.   Patentable.
  14.   To grant or to secure by patent.
  15.   Open, expanded.
  16.   A right granted by the government to make, use, or sell an invention for a certain period; the official paper granting this right; the thing that is so protected.
  17.   ( of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; " patent ductus arteriosus"
  18.   A government protection securing the exclusive right of making and using an invention; also, any government grant or franchise.
  19.   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.
  20.   make open to sight or notice; " His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
  21.   A writ from the Crown conferring a certain exclusive right or privilege, as a title of nobility, or the sole right to a new invention or discovery for a certain time.
  22.   Exclusive legal rights or privileges applied to inventions, plants, etc.
  23.   To grant or secure by patent.
  24.   To grant or secure the sole right to.
  25.   Spreading widely; expanded.
  26.   Official document securing a privilege.
  27.   Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
  28.   Open; manifest; protected by a patent.
  29.   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.
  30.   A privilege granted by letters patent, as a title of nobility, or the exclusive right to or property in an invention.
  31.   Open: conspicuous: public: protected by a patent: ( bot.) expanding.
  32.   Protected by patent.
  33.   a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
  34.   Apparent; evident; plain; as, the truth was patent to all; open to public view: said especially of an official paper which grants a privilege; as, letters patent; secured by government protection; as, a patent lock.
  35.   Manifest or apparent.
  36.   An official document, open, but sealed at the foot, conferring the sole right for a term of years to the proceeds of an invention.
  37.   grant rights to; grant a patent for
  38.   Open; spreading; evident; open to the perusal of all; secured by patent.

Quotes of patent

  1. No patent medicine was ever put to wider and more varied use than the Fourteenth Amendment. – William O. Douglas
  2. Now Stan and I were still working in secret at that time but, because of this development, we had to inform the University of Utah because we thought that they might need to take patent protection. – Martin Fleischmann
  3. I would have had my patent long, long ago, and it would have run out long, long ago. I would have made, maybe, $100. 000, much less that the patent has brought me now. – Gordon Gould
  4. Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent – Miguel de Icaza
  5. Our strategy in dealing with patents in Mono is the same strategy that any other software developer would take. In the event of a patent claim, we will try to find prior art to the claim of the patent – Miguel de Icaza
  6. Lincoln said that the Patent Office adds the flame of interest to the light of creativity. And that is why we need to improve the effectiveness of our Patent Office. – Jay Inslee
  7. It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form. – Jerome K. Jerome
  8. A patent or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That's how the patent office defines it. That's an invention. – Dean Kamen
  9. This does not mean that every copyright must prove its value initially. That would be a far too cumbersome system of control. But it does mean that every system or category of copyright or patent should prove its worth. – Lawrence Lessig
  10. With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand. – Federico Garcia Lorca
  11. In 1854 I took out a patent for puddling iron by means of steam. – James Nasmyth
  12. We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy. – Jeffrey Sachs
  13. The payment made by a manufacturer to a patentee for the privilege of using the patent process, is usually termed, in commercial language, a rent; and under the same head must be ranked all extraordinary qualities of body and mind. – Nassau William Senior

Usage examples for patent

  1. “ I should be the last one to deny the patent weaknesses and shortcomings of the Negro people; I should be the last to withhold sympathy from the white South in its efforts to solve its intricate social problems. ” – The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  2. “ To his delight the patent wheel worked perfectly. ” – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  3. It must be patent to everybody that a society of this kind is an absolute necessity. ” – Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888 by Edward VII
  4. Of late he affected patent leather shoes with red or green tops; he walked as if he despised the size of them. ” – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. The opening was patent – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  6. When it's free- grant land, and the man hadn't broke enough to get his patent – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  7. “ I mailed the application for patent on this machine to Washington three days ago. ” – The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle
  8. She produced a patent electric light. ” – HE by Andrew Lang
  9. “ Jost, with a patent of nobility would cut rather an extraordinary figure! ” – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  10. We kept on our course for Mindanao during the whole night, and were constantly engaged in sounding, with our patent lead, with from thirty to forty fathoms cast, to prevent our passing over this part of the sea entirely unexamined. ” – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes
  11. And they hadn't then invented the new patent steel climbing arms. ” – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  12. “ Matheson's idea was a revolutionary one- a master- idea like a master- patent – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  13. She remembered, also, Sebastian's statement that even the deeds of patent for the land were hidden with the rest, where ten thousand men in ten thousand years could never find them. ” – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  14. “ Is it the man who owns the patent or the man who invented the machine? ” – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  15. We will patent the principle. ” – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  16. What is a patent – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  17. The Patent Books of the colony frequently show signs of fraud in the presentation of headrights. ” – Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660 by Wilcomb E. Washburn
  18. She behaved as if Sarakoff had told her that we had discovered a new kind of soap or a new patent food. ” – The Blue Germ by Martin Swayne
  19. The whole mystery was patent before me. ” – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  20. Accordingly, when her plays succeeded, this same party, unable to deny such approved and patent merit, found their excuse in spreading a report that she was not inconsiderably aided in her scenes by another hand. ” – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn