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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 ​officiallegalright to make or ​sell an invention for a ​particularnumber 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 ​geneticallyengineeredtomato.

patent noun (LEATHER)

[U] →  patent leather

patentverb [T]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.tənt/  us   /ˈpæt.ənt/
to get the ​officiallegalright to make or ​sell an invention: If you don't patent ​yourinvention, other ​people may make all the ​profit out of it.

patentadjective

uk   us  

patent adjective (OBVIOUS)

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

patent adjective (LEGAL RIGHT)

uk   /ˈpeɪ.tənt/  us   /ˈpæt.ənt/ [before noun] A patent invention is ​protected by ​law so that only ​particularpeople or ​companies have the ​right to make or ​sell it: a patent ​screwdriver
(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 ​legalright to be the only one who can make, use, or ​sell an ​invention for a ​particularnumber of ​years
patent
verb [T]  us   /ˈpæt·ənt/
Otis patented a ​steamelevator 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-/
Yourentireargument 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   us   /ˈpeɪtənt, ˈpætənt/ LAW
the ​legalright 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 ​expensiveprocess.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 ​milkcarton 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   us   /ˈpeɪtənt, ˈpætənt/ LAW
to get the ​legalright 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 ​sharplyreducepollutionemissions from older ​cars.

patentadjective

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