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"patent" in British English

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patentnoun

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.
  • patent noun (LEATHER)

[U] →  patent leather

patentverb [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.

patentadjective

uk   /ˈpeɪ.tənt/ /ˈpæt.ənt/ us   /ˈpæt.ənt/ /ˈpeɪ.tənt/
(Definition of patent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"patent" in American English

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patentnoun [C]

us   /ˈpæt·ənt/
the legal right to be the only one who can make, use, or sell an invention for a particular number of years
patent
verb [T] us   /ˈpæt·ənt/
Otis patented a steam elevator in 1861.

patentadjective

us   /ˈpæt·ənt, ˈpeɪ·tə/
  • patent adjective (OBVIOUS)

(of ideas or characteristics) obvious: He felt the notion of beginner's luck was patent nonsense.
patently
adverb us   /ˈpæt·ənt·li, ˈpeɪt-/
Your entire argument is patently ridiculous.
(Definition of patent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"patent" in Business English

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patentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpeɪtənt, ˈpætənt/ us   LAW
the legal right to be the only person or company to make or sell a product for a particular number of years, or a document that gives you this right: apply for/file/take out a patent Filing a patent is a long and expensive process.be awarded/granted a patent An American company was granted the patent last year.a patent on sth He expects to be awarded a patent on his invention later this month.a patent for sth The company has been granted a patent for a milk carton opener. The drugs are protected by patent. The lawsuit will continue even after the patent expires. a patent attorney/lawyer a patent application
come/go off patent
if a product comes off patent or goes off patent, the period of time for which someone has the patent for it comes to an end: A lot of the company's top-selling drugs were going off patent.
patent pending also patent applied for
used to show that the person who has made or is selling a product has asked for a patent on it: The company has a patent pending on the machine.

patentverb [T]

uk   /ˈpeɪtənt, ˈpætənt/ us   LAW
to get the legal right to be the only person or company to make or sell a product for a particular number of years: patent a device/process The company has designed and patented a device which it claims will sharply reduce pollution emissions from older cars.

patentadjective

uk   /ˈpeɪtənt, ˈpætənt/ us  
LAW →  patented
(Definition of patent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “patent”
in Vietnamese bằng sáng chế…
in Spanish patente, patentar…
in Malaysian paten…
in Thai สิทธิบัตร…
in French brevet (d’invention), breveté…
in German das Patent, Patent-……
in Chinese (Traditional) 專利權…
in Russian патент…
in Turkish patent, buluş tescil belgesi, imtiyaz/hak sahibi beratı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 专利权…
in Indonesian paten…
in Polish patent…
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