Associations to the word «Patent»


PATENT, noun. A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privilege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
PATENT, noun. A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
PATENT, noun. Patent leather: a varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.
PATENT, verb. To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.
PATENT, adjective. (biology) open, unobstructed, expanded.
PATENT, adjective. Explicit and obvious.
PATENT, adjective. (of flour) that is fine, and consists mostly of the inner part of the endosperm
PATENT, adjective. Open; unconcealed; conspicuous.
PATENT, adjective. Open to public perusal; said of a document conferring some right or privilege.
PATENT, adjective. Protected by a legal patent.
PATENT HAMMER, noun. A stonecutter's hammer with a head consisting of broad thin chisels clamped together.
PATENT HAMMERS, noun. Plural of patent hammer
PATENT LEATHER, noun. Leather that has been given a high gloss, shiny finish.
PATENT LOG, noun. (nautical) A taffrail log
PATENT MEDICINE, noun. (British) A medicine that is protected by a patent.
PATENT MEDICINE, noun. (US) Any medicine with a proprietary formula which can be bought without a prescription, irrespective of whether it is protected by a patent.
PATENT POOL, noun. (legal) A consortium of at least two companies which agree to cross-license patents relating to a particular technology, often to avoid the problem of blocking patents.
PATENT POOLS, noun. Plural of patent pool
PATENT THICKET, noun. (legal) A group of patents in a field of technology which collectively impede a party from commercializing its own patents or products in that field.
PATENT THICKETS, noun. Plural of patent thicket
PATENT TROLL, noun. (informal) (derogatory) A person, company, etc. that holds and enforces patents in an aggressive and opportunistic manner, often with no intention of marketing or promoting the subject of the patent.
PATENT TROLLS, noun. Plural of patent troll

Dictionary definition

PATENT, noun. A document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention.
PATENT, noun. An official document granting a right or privilege.
PATENT, verb. Obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?".
PATENT, verb. Grant rights to; grant a patent for.
PATENT, verb. Make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him".
PATENT, adjective. (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus".
PATENT, adjective. Clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment; "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view".

Wise words

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Maya Angelou