|patent (ˈpætənt, ˈpeɪtənt)|
|1.||a. a government grant to an inventor assuring him the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a limited period|
|b. a document conveying such a grant|
|2.||an invention, privilege, etc, protected by a patent|
|3.||a. an official document granting a right|
|b. any right granted by such a document|
|4.||in the US|
|a. a grant by the government of title to public lands|
|b. the instrument by which such title is granted|
|c. the land so granted|
|5.||a sign that one possesses a certain quality|
|6.||open or available for inspection (esp in the phrases letters patent, patent writ)|
|7.||obvious: their scorn was patent to everyone|
|8.||concerning protection, appointment, etc, of or by a patent or patents|
|10.||(esp of a bodily passage or duct) being open or unobstructed|
|11.||biology spreading out widely: patent branches|
|12.||(of plate glass) ground and polished on both sides|
|13.||to obtain a patent for|
|14.||(in the US) to grant (public land or mineral rights) by a patent|
|15.||metallurgy to heat (a metal) above a transformation temperature and cool it at a rate that allows cold working|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin patēre to lie open; n use, short for letters patent, from Medieval Latin litterae patentes letters lying open (to public inspection)]|
"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]The adj. sense of "open to view, plain, clear" is first recorded 1508; the verb "to obtain right to land" is attested from 1675. 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.
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.