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English definition of “patent”

patent

noun (LEGAL RIGHT)    /ˈpeɪ.tənt/ US  /ˈpæt.ənt/
[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
(Definition of patent noun (LEGAL RIGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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