Definitions of patent

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

Usage examples for patent

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. To his delight the patent wheel worked perfectly. – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  5. The whole mystery was patent before me. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  6. I mailed the application for patent on this machine to Washington three days ago. – The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle
  7. 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
  8. The opening was patent. – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  9. Is it the man who owns the patent, or the man who invented the machine? – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  10. She produced a patent electric light. – HE by Andrew Lang
  11. We will patent the principle. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  12. 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
  13. And they hadn't then invented the new patent steel climbing arms. – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  14. Jost, with a patent of nobility would cut rather an extraordinary figure! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli