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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.
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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