patent

   A legal monopoly; that is, an exclusive right to the benefits of an invention or improvement granted by the U.S. Patent Office, for a specific period, on the basis that it is novel (i.e., not previously known or described in a publication), nonobvious (as judged by a skilled practitioner in the field), and useful. A utility patent, on a useful device, process, machine, manufactured product or compound (e.g., a chemical formula), lasts for 20 years from the patent application filing date. A design patent, on a product that is novel for aesthetic reasons, lasts for 14 years from the date issued. A plant patent, on a new strain of a cultivated asexually reproducing plant, lasts for 17 years from the date issued. Patent law specialists conduct patent searches to determine whether the proposed invention is genuinely unique; if they are satisfied that it is, they can file an application, accompanied by detailed drawings and specifications. While the application is being considered, products or designs should be marked patent pending or "pat. pending."

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  • patent — patent, ente [ patɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1292 « lettre patente »; lat. patens, p. prés. de patere « être ouvert; être évident » 1 ♦ Vx Ouvert. Hist. Lettres patentes : décision royale, sous forme de lettre ouverte, accordant ordinairement une faveur à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Patent — Pat ent (p[a^]t ent or p[=a]t ent), a. [L. patens, entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. {Fathom}.] 1. Note: (Oftener pronounced p[=a]t ent in this sense) Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patent — [pat′ nt; ] for adj. 2 4 & 8 [ pāt′ nt, pat′ nt; ] Brit usually [ pāt′ nt] adj. [ME < MFr & L: MFr patent < L patens, prp. of patere, to be open: see PATELLA] 1. a) open to examination by the public: said of a document granting some right… …   English World dictionary

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  • Patent — (Erfindungspatent, franz. brevet d invention, engl. patent; hierzu die Textbeilage: »Übersichtstafel der Patentgesetze der wichtigsten Staaten«), die Urkunde, durch welche die ausschließliche gewerbliche Verwertung einer neuen Erfindung für eine… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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