What is patent?

  • (adj): (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage.
    Example: "Patent ductus arteriosus"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A patent (/ˈpætənt/ or /ˈpeɪtənt/) is a form of intellectual property. It consists of a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention.

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Some articles on patent:

BlackLight Power - Company - Patents
... BLP holds several patents based on graphic modelling software, and a "molecular hydrogen laser" ... A 2000 patent based on its hydrino-related technology was later withdrawn by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) due to contradictions with known physics laws and other concerns about the ... and an outside query by an unknown person prompted Group Director Kepplinger to review this new patent herself ...
Government-granted Monopoly - Patent
... A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state or national government to an inventor or his/her assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention ... The procedure for granting patents, the requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements ... Typically, however, a patent application must include one or more claims defining the invention which must be new, inventive, and useful or industrially ...
Rheinmetall - History
... The patent for the fuse was filed in the UK two years before Hitler came to power in 1933 ... The UK Armed Forces spotted this and reference to the patent helped enormously with disarming these early bombs, although Rheinische Metallwaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft and Ruhlman constantly ... Patent Office put a 32-year secrecy order on a similar patent by the University of Illinois in 1948 ...
Propafenone - Patent Issues
... The patents for the Rythmol family of products are owned by Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc ... Reliant acquired the patents from developer Abbott Laboratories, Inc ... Reliant Pharmaceuticals filed a federal patent infringement lawsuit against generic drug maker Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc ...
Economics - Criticism - Proposed Alternatives To The Patent System
... have been discussed to address the issue of financial incentivization to replace patents ... as a substitute for the lost profits associated with abstaining from the monopoly given by a patent ... secrets are an existing alternative to the patent system ...

More definitions of "patent":

  • (verb): Obtain a patent for.
    Example: "Should I patent this invention?"
  • (verb): Grant rights to; grant a patent for.
  • (noun): A document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention.
    Synonyms: patent of invention
  • (noun): An official document granting a right or privilege.
    Synonyms: letters patent
  • (verb): Make open to sight or notice.
    Example: "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

Famous quotes containing the word patent:

    There is a patent office at the seat of government of the universe, whose managers are as much interested in the dispersion of seeds as anybody at Washington can be, and their operations are infinitely more extensive and regular.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The cigar-box which the European calls a “lift” needs but to be compared with our elevators to be appreciated. The lift stops to reflect between floors. That is all right in a hearse, but not in elevators. The American elevator acts like the man’s patent purge—it works
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    This is the patent age of new inventions
    For killing bodies, and for saving souls,
    All propagated with the best intentions.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)