patent[pat′'nt; for adj. 2-4 & 8 pāt′'nt, pat′-; Brit usually pāt′'nt]
- Patent means protected by a government issued right allowing someone to make and sell a product or service for a certain amount of years without anyone being allowed to copy it.
An example of patent is a protection afforded to the makers of Converse All Star sneakers.
- The definition of a patent is the right from the federal government to produce and sell something for a certain number of years without anyone copying it.
An example of patent is a protection against copying the production method used to create M&Ms.
- Patent is defined as to obtain a right to the producing and selling of a product that also stops anyone from copying it.
An example of patent is to contact the United States Patent and Trademark Office to get such a right.
- open to examination by the public: said of a document granting some right or rights, as to land, a franchise, an office, or, now esp., an invention: letters patent
- granted or appointed by letters patent
- open to all; generally accessible or available
- obvious; plain; evident: a patent lie
- open or unobstructed
- protected by a patent; patented
- of or having to do with patents or the granting of patents: patent law
- produced or sold as a proprietary product
- new, unusual, individual, etc.also patented
- Bot., Zool. spreading out or open; patulous
Origin of patentMiddle English ; from Middle French and amp; L: Middle French patent ; from Classical Latin patens, present participle of patere, to be open: see patella
- an official document open to public examination and granting a certain right or privilege; letters patent; esp., a document granting the exclusive right to produce, sell, or get profit from an invention, process, etc. for a specific number of years
- the right so granted
- the thing protected by such a right; patented article or process
- public land, or title to such land, granted to a person by letters patent
- any exclusive right, title, or license
- to grant a patent to or for
- to secure exclusive right to produce, use, and sell (an invention or process) by a patent; get a patent for
- a. A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.b. Letters patent.c. An invention protected by such a grant.
- a. A grant of publicly owned land, particularly to a homesteader.b. The official document of such a grant.c. The land so granted.
- An exclusive right or title.
- a. Protected or conferred by a patent or letters patent: a patent right.b. Of, relating to, or dealing in patents: patent law.
- Obvious; plain: a patent injustice. See Synonyms at apparent.
- Biology a. Not blocked; open: a patent duct.b. Spreading open; expanded: patent sepals.
- Relating to or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is protected by a trademark.
- Of high quality. Used of flour.
transitive verbpat·ent·ed, pat·ent·ing, pat·ents
- To obtain a patent on or for (an invention, for example).
- To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of (an idea, for example).
- To grant a patent to or for.
Origin of patentMiddle English, document granting a right, short for (lettre) patent, open (letter), from Old French (lettre) patente, from Latin patēns, patent-, open, present participle of patēre, to be open; see pet&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privilege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
- A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
- Patent leather: a varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.
(third-person singular simple present patents, present participle patenting, simple past and past participle patented)
- To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.
(comparative more patent, superlative most patent)
- (biology) open, unobstructed, expanded.
- That is a patent ductus arteriosus.
- explicit and obvious.
- Those claims are patent nonsense.
- (of flour) that is fine, and consists mostly of the inner part of the endosperm
- Open; unconcealed; conspicuous.
- Open to public perusal; said of a document conferring some right or privilege.
- letters patent
- Protected by a legal patent.
- a patent right; patent medicines
From Latin patens (“open, lying open”), present participle of patere (“to lie open”).
patent - Computer Definition
Intellectual property protection for inventors of products that are deemed novel, useful, and not obvious to one reasonably skilled in that particular art. A United States patent prevents others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling an invention throughout the United States or from importing the invention into the United States. In order to receive United States patent protection, which extends for 20 years from application, the invention must be submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for examination. United States patent law protects not only physical devices, but also software, mathematical algorithms, business processes, and other inventions that involve the use of a computer. Note: The first patent issued in the United States was U.S. Patent No. 1X, Method of producing pot ash and pearl ash, issued to Samuel Hopkins on July 31, 1790, and signed by G.Washington. See also intellectual property.
patent - Investment & Finance Definition
An exclusive right, given to a person or company by the U.S. government, that lets the person or company “exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” a particular product or a specific process in the United States or importing the product or process into the United States. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants a patent for a period of 17 years. Patent holders may apply for a renewal of their patent in certain cases. There are three types of patents: A utility patent may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, or article of manufacture, or creates any new useful improvement. A design patent is given for a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. A plant patent may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and reproduces any distinct and new variety of plants.
Accounting regulations call for the value of a patent to be amortized over its useful life, which may be less than the legal life of 17 years. If a patent has to be defended in court in a patent infringement suit, it is added to the acquisition cost of the patent.
patent - Legal Definition