No matter: To all, the Texas congressman serves up his patented, unified philosophy of get-the-government-off-our-backs.
Their idea, developed in the late 1940s and patented 60 years ago this fall, turned out to be ahead of its time.
Then came the patented Clinton pivot from a man who worked with Newt Gingrich in forcing his party to swallow welfare reform.
By some estimates, 40 percent of human genes have been patented, and every single one of those patents was at stake in this case.
On a less crucial note, how does Jenni Ching get bloodstains out of her patented white leather jumpsuit?
A steam engine was patented, in 1814, by Thomas Tindall, of Scarborough.
This last feature was a practical drawback to the system, which was patented in 1877.
The Commander-in-Chief (patented) fell upon his knees and kissed the spurs of his master's boots.
This was patented in 1872, and McCormick soon made it his own.
Yet the land is not patented, and the Indians are helpless, if evicted by resolute men.
late 14c., "open letter or document from some authority," shortened form of Anglo-French lettre patent (also in Medieval Latin (litteræ) patentes), literally "open letter" (late 13c.), from Old French patente (see patent (adj.).
The Letters Patent were ... written upon open sheets of parchment, with the Great Seal pendent at the bottom ... [while] the 'Litteræ Clausæ,' or Letters Close, ... being of a more private nature, and addressed to one or two individuals only, were closed or folded up and sealed on the outside. [S.R. Scargill-Bird, "A Guide to the Principal Classes of Documents at the Public Record Office," 1891]Meaning "a license covering an invention" is from 1580s.
"to obtain right to land," 1670s, from patent (n.). The meaning "copyright an invention" is first recorded 1822, from earlier meaning "obtain exclusive right or monopoly" (1789), a privilege granted by the Crown via letters patent. Related: Patented; patenting.
late 14c., in letters patent, literally "open letter," from Old French patente, from Latin patentum (nominative patens) "open, lying open," present participle of patere "lie open, be open," from PIE *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Sense of "open to view, plain, clear" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Patently.
patent pat·ent (pāt'nt)
A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.
An invention protected by such a grant.
Of, relating to, or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
(pāt'nt) Not blocked; open.
(pāt'nt ) Spreading open; expanded.
To obtain a patent on or for something, such as an invention.
To invent, originate, or be the proprietor of an idea.
To grant a patent to somone or for something.