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patent

pat·ent

patent

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: pae tnt
definition 1: a government grant to an inventor, giving for a specified period the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invented device, process, or the like.
The inventor has applied for a patent.
similar words:
copyright, license, permit, right, trademark
definition 2: the device, process, or the like that is thus protected.
similar words:
invention, process
definition 3: any of several other rights granted by government, as to the ownership of land previously in the public domain.
similar words:
charter, domain, grant, right
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: pae tnt [or] peI tnt
definition 1: of, concerning, or protected by a patent or patents.
You should consult a patent attorney.We use a patent device to handle this problem.
similar words:
copyright
definition 2: very noticeable; obvious.
What he's saying is just patent nonsense.
synonyms:
apparent, blatant, manifest, obvious, palpable
antonyms:
latent
similar words:
clear, evident, explicit, express, flagrant, naked, noticeable, overt, plain, pronounced, self-evident, transparent, undeniable
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: pae tnt
inflections: patented, patenting, patents
definition 1: to secure a patent on.
The engineer patented his invention.
similar words:
copyright, register, trademark
definition 2: to grant a patent on.
The government patented her device.
similar words:
certify, charter, grant, register
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derivations: patentable (adj.), patently (adv.)
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