Patent Definition

pătnt
patented, patenting, patents
noun
patents
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.
American Heritage Medicine
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.
Webster's New World
An invention protected by such a grant.
American Heritage Medicine
The thing protected by such a right; patented article or process.
Webster's New World
Public land, or title to such land, granted to a person by letters patent.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Open to examination by the public.
Letters patent.
Webster's New World
Granted or appointed by letters patent.
Webster's New World
Open to all; generally accessible or available.
Webster's New World
Obvious; plain; evident.
A patent lie.
Webster's New World
Protected by a patent; patented.
Webster's New World
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verb
patented, patenting, patents
To secure exclusive right to produce, use, and sell (an invention or process) by a patent; get a patent for.
Webster's New World
To grant a patent to or for.
Webster's New World
To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of (an idea, for example).
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Patent

Noun

Singular:
patent
Plural:
patents

Origin of Patent

  • Middle 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 petə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short form of Anglo-Norman lettre patente, "open letter", from Latin littera patens.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin patens (“open, lying open"), present participle of patere (“to lie open").

    From Wiktionary

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