An example of patent is a protection afforded to the makers of Converse All Star sneakers.
An example of patent is to contact the United States Patent and Trademark Office to get such a right.
An example of patent is a protection against copying the production method used to create M&Ms.
A patent injustice.
A patent lie.
A patent right; patent medicines.
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