Definitions of patent

  1. 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"
  2. an official document granting a right or privilege
  3. grant rights to; grant a patent for
  4. a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
  5. ( of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; " patent ductus arteriosus"
  6. make open to sight or notice; " His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
  7. obtain a patent for; " Should I patent this invention?"
  8. Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
  9. 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.
  10. Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
  11. A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
  12. A writing securing to an invention.
  13. A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
  14. The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Open to public perusal; - said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
  18. Exclusive legal rights or privileges applied to inventions, plants, etc.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To grant or secure the sole right to.
  22. Patentable.
  23. Open, expanded.
  24. Open: conspicuous: public: protected by a patent: ( bot.) expanding.
  25. An official document, open, but sealed at the foot, conferring the sole right for a term of years to the proceeds of an invention.
  26. To grant or secure by patent.
  27. Official document securing a privilege.
  28. Open; manifest; protected by a patent.
  29. Manifest or apparent.
  30. Protected by patent.
  31. A government protection securing the exclusive right of making and using an invention; also, any government grant or franchise.
  32. Open; spreading; evident; open to the perusal of all; secured by patent.
  33. A privilege granted by letters patent, as a title of nobility, or the exclusive right to or property in an invention.
  34. To grant or to secure by patent.
  35. Open; unconcealed; open to the perusal of all; protected by special privilege, as by letters patent; in bot., spreading widely; expanded.
  36. 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.
  37. To secure by patent.
  38. Spreading widely; expanded.

Usage examples for patent

  1. What is a patent – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  2. 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
  3. We will patent the principle. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  4. Jost, with a patent of nobility would cut rather an extraordinary figure! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  5. Is it the man who owns the patent or the man who invented the machine? – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. When it's free- grant land, and the man hadn't broke enough to get his patent – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  9. She produced a patent electric light. – HE by Andrew Lang
  10. To his delight the patent wheel worked perfectly. – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  11. 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
  12. The opening was patent – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  13. 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
  14. Matheson's idea was a revolutionary one- a master- idea like a master- patent – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  15. And they hadn't then invented the new patent steel climbing arms. – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  16. The whole mystery was patent before me. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  17. I mailed the application for patent on this machine to Washington three days ago. – The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle
  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. 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
  20. 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