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patent

noun uk   /ˈpeɪ.tənt/ us    /ˈpæt.ənt/

patent noun (LEGAL RIGHT)

[C] the official legal right to make or sell an invention for a particular number of years: In 1880 Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent on an apparatus for signalling and communicating called a Photophone. The company took out/filed a patent on a genetically engineered tomato.Court cases, orders and decisions

patent noun (LEATHER)

[U] → patent leather

patent

verb [T] uk   /ˈpeɪ.tənt/ us    /ˈpæt.ənt/
to get the official legal right to make or sell an invention: If you don't patent your invention, other people may make all the profit out of it.Court cases, orders and decisions

patent

adjective uk   us  

patent adjective (OBVIOUS)

    /ˈpeɪ.tənt/ [before noun] formal very obvious: a patent lie a patent disregard of the law "No," he replied, with patent distaste.Apparent and obviousVisible

patent adjective (LEGAL RIGHT)

  /ˈpeɪ.tənt/    /ˈpæt.ənt/ [before noun] A patent invention is protected by law so that only particular people or companies have the right to make or sell it: a patent screwdriverCourt cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of patent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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