patent

A patent is a government document that proves that an invention is yours and yours alone. In the U.S., as of 2009, over 7,000,000 patents were issued by the Patent and Trademark Office.

Patent also refers to leather that has a very shiny finish. The process for making leather look like this was once patented, but since patents do not last forever, the process is now available for anyone to use. As with patent leather, the word is often used as part of a sales pitch, explaining why something is special: "We use patented technology..." or "Our patented method..."

Primary Meanings of patent

1.
nv
a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
obtain a patent for
2.
adjv
(of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage
make open to sight or notice
Full Definitions of patent
1

n a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

Synonyms:
patent of invention
Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

n an official document granting a right or privilege

Synonyms:
letters patent
Type of:
instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

v obtain a patent for

“Should I patent this invention?”
Type of:
procure, secure
get by special effort

v grant rights to; grant a patent for

Type of:
register
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
2

adj (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage

patent ductus arteriosus”
Synonyms:
unobstructed
free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance

adj clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

patent advantages”
Synonyms:
apparent, evident, manifest, plain, unmistakable
obvious
easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind

v make open to sight or notice

“His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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