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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

Microsoft, Apple, Facebook all bought huge patent portfolios to further their strategic game. They're doing what I'm doing!
Nathan Myhrvold

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

It almost goes without saying that when you are a startup, one of the first things you do is you start setting aside money to defend yourself from patent lawsuits, because any successful company, even moderately successful, is going to get hit by a patent lawsuit from someone who's just trying to look for a payout.
Charles Duhigg

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

Lincoln said that the Patent Office adds the flame of interest to the light of creativity. And that is why we need to improve the effectiveness of our Patent Office.
Jay Inslee
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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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