adjective pa·tent [peyt-nt] /ˈpeɪt nt/ (for 10, 12–15)
verb (used with object)
- patent ambiguity,
- patent cliff,
- patent ductus arteriosus,
- patent fastener,
- patent flour
Origin of patent
Examples from the Web for patent
Having received a patent on the technology in 1986, Hull founded 3D Systems to commercialize his discoveries.
Language from the patent mandates that the technology be used with “hearing device, headphones, ear buds, or headsets.”
The day ends in Iowa, of all places, with a one-sentence entry: “Christian K. Nelson took out a patent on the Eskimo Pie.”
Despite its patent fallacy, the impact of the “Christian Nation” revisionist history on American attitudes is substantial.
Other companies (or patent trolls) might not be so benevolent.
She was no longer a duchess by patent; she was a queen by right of inheritance; she was now to be a power among the great.The Puppet Crown|Harold MacGrath
A patentee who assigns his patent cannot, when sued for infringement, contest the validity thereof.Practical Pointers for Patentees|Franklin Cresee
Miss Corelli knows these things, of course, for they are patent to the world; but she allows zeal to run away with judgment.My Contemporaries In Fiction|David Christie Murray
The complete method (of which the multiple line of approach is the expression) is the antithesis of the special or patent method.The Principles of Language-Study|Harold E. Palmer
What variations may be claimed or covered by the patent consistently with unity of design.
- a government grant to an inventor assuring him the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a limited period
- a document conveying such a grant
- an official document granting a right
- any right granted by such a document
- a grant by the government of title to public lands
- the instrument by which such title is granted
- the land so granted
Word Origin for patent
late 14c., "open letter or document from some authority," shortened form of Anglo-French lettre patent (also in Medieval Latin (litteræ) patentes), literally "open letter" (late 13c.), from Old French patente (see patent (adj.).
The Letters Patent were ... written upon open sheets of parchment, with the Great Seal pendent at the bottom ... [while] the 'Litteræ Clausæ,' or Letters Close, ... being of a more private nature, and addressed to one or two individuals only, were closed or folded up and sealed on the outside. [S.R. Scargill-Bird, "A Guide to the Principal Classes of Documents at the Public Record Office," 1891]
Meaning "a license covering an invention" is from 1580s.
"to obtain right to land," 1670s, from patent (n.). The meaning "copyright an invention" is first recorded 1822, from earlier meaning "obtain exclusive right or monopoly" (1789), a privilege granted by the Crown via letters patent. Related: Patented; patenting.
late 14c., in letters patent, literally "open letter," from Old French patente, from Latin patentum (nominative patens) "open, lying open," present participle of patere "lie open, be open," from PIE *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Sense of "open to view, plain, clear" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Patently.