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Definition of Patent


  1. Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
  2. Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
  3. 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.
  4. Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
  5. A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
  6. A writing securing to an invention.
  7. A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
  8. The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent.
  9. 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.

Patent Quotations

We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence.
Stephen Hawking

With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.
Federico Garcia Lorca

This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.
Lord Byron

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the computer code that led to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1990, he did not try to patent or charge fees for the use of his technology.
Rebecca MacKinnon

It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.
Jerome K. Jerome
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Patent Translations

patent in Dutch is patent, octrooi
patent in French is brevet
patent in German is patentiere, Patent
patent in Italian is brevetto
patent in Portuguese is patente
patent in Spanish is patente
patent in Swedish is uppenbar, patent
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