• Patents until 1900
    Patents until 1900
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj patent clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields","evident hostility","manifest disapproval","patent advantages","made his meaning plain","it is plain that he is no reactionary","in plain view"
    • adj patent (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage "patent ductus arteriosus"
    • v patent make open to sight or notice "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
    • v patent obtain a patent for "Should I patent this invention?"
    • v patent grant rights to; grant a patent for
    • n patent a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
    • n patent an official document granting a right or privilege
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The formula for Coca-cola has never been patented
    • Patent A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
    • Patent A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
    • Patent A writing securing to an invention.
    • Patent Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a patent right; patent medicines. "Madder . . . in King Charles the First's time, was made a patent commodity."
    • Patent Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent . See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
    • Patent Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous. "He had received instructions, both patent and secret."
    • Patent (Bot) Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
    • Patent The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent. "If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her patent to offend."
    • v. t Patent To grant by patent; to make the subject of a patent; to secure or protect by patent; as, to patent an invention; to patent public lands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sliced bread was patented in 1954.
    • patent Lying open; open; expanded.
    • patent Specifically— In botany, spreading; open; either widely spreading or diverging widely from an axis.
    • patent In zoology, patulous; open, as by the size of an aperture, the shallowness of a cavity, etc.
    • patent Manifest to all; unconcealed; evident; obvious; conspicuous.
    • patent Open to the perusal of all: as, letters patent. See letter.
    • patent Appropriated by letters patent; secured by law or patent as an exclusive privilege; restrained from general use; patented.
    • patent Synonyms Plain, obvious, palpable, unmistakable, glaring, notorious.
    • n patent An official document, sometimes called letters patent (which see, under letter), conferring or granting a privilege; also, the privilege so granted: as, a patent of nobility; a patent conferring the right to engage in a particular trade or pursuit, maintain a place of amusement, or the like, usually to the exclusion of others.
    • n patent Specifically— A letter of indulgence; an indulgence; a pardon.
    • n patent The grant by a government to the author of a new and useful invention, or to his assigns, of the exclusive right of exploiting that invention for a specified term of years; also, the instrument or letters by which a grant of land is made by a government to a person or corporation. By the United States Revised Statutes, sec. 4886, etc., any person, whether a citizen or an alien, may obtain patent protection for the term of seventeen years “who has invented or discovered any new and useful art, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, not known or used by others in this country, and not patented or described in any printed publication in this or any foreign country, before his invention or discovery thereof, and not in public use or on sale for more than two years prior to his application, unless the same is proved to have been abandoned.” The fact that the invention has been first patented in a foreign country will not debar the inventor from obtaining a valid patent in the United States, unless the same has been here “introduced into public use for more than two years prior to the application.” But the patent will expire with that foreign patent having the shortest term. In the application of the several clauses of this statute, distinctions arise of difficult and delicate character, which are the constant subject of controversy. For the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Isle of Man, patents are granted (under 46 and 47 Vict., c. 57, 1883) to any person, whether British subject or not. The general principles as to what constitutes an invention or improvement are substantially the same as above stated. For each of the principal British colonies there is a separate statute.
    • n patent An invention; a thing invented: as, the machine is a new patent.
    • n patent A region or tract of land granted by letters patent; a concession. [Instances of this use are still retained, as in Holland Patent, a village in Oneida county, New York, situated in a tract acquired about 1789, under a grant from the State of New York, by a company of Hollanders.]
    • patent To grant by patent; make the subject of a patent; grant an exclusive right to by letters patent.
    • patent To obtain a patent upon; obtain an exclusive right in by securing letters patent.
    • n patent A Middle English form of patent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The rumble that is created when a Harley's engine runs has been patented by the company
    • adj Patent pā′tent or pat′ent lying open: conspicuous: public: protected by a patent:
    • n Patent an official document, open, and having the Great Seal of the government attached to it, conferring an exclusive right or privilege, as a title of nobility, or the sole right for a term of years to the proceeds of an invention: something invented and protected by a patent
    • v.t Patent to grant or secure by patent
    • adj Patent pā′tent or pat′ent (bot.) spreading: expanding
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.”
  • Wallace Rice
    Wallace Rice
    “Hope, the patent medicine for disease, disaster, sin.”
  • Lord Byron
    “This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere, to be open: cf. F. patent,. Cf. Fathom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. patens, -entis, pr.p. of patēre, to lie open.


In literature:

T. H. Leavitt, of Boston, has patented machinery, which is in operation at East Lexington, Mass., at the works of the Boston Peat Company.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
The glossy finish to leather known as "patent" leather was first patented in this year.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Eight pieces of "Brotherton Barb," a wire patented by J. Brotherton of Ames, Iowa, in 1878; Patent 207,710.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
The patent or towing log consists of a dial, line and rotator.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
Patents are declared to be anticipated continually by our courts.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
Why couldn't you show that at the World's Fair an' get a patent fer it?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
"Scientific American magazine, Vol. 2 Issue 1" by Various
The Patent Office had sense enough to give me a patent, but nobody else would look at it.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
Patently Petain is of the new, not the old, but no less patently he was the master of it.
"They Shall Not Pass" by Frank H. Simonds
I'm going to get up directly minute and make my patent kite.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit

In poetry:

And let it be solder'd closely down
Strong as strong can be I implore,
And put it in a patent coffin,
That I may rise no more.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
They burst the patent coffin first
And they cut thro' the lead,
And they laugh'd aloud when they saw the shroud
Because they had got at the dead.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
If they carry me off in the patent coffin
Their labour will be in vain,
Let the Undertaker see it bought of the maker
Who lives by St. Martin's lane.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
For to carry him off in a patent coffin
Would they thought be but labour in vain,
So the Undertaker saw it bought of the maker
Who lives by St. Martin's lane.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
I thank you Doron, and will think on you;
I love you Doron, and will wink on you,
I seal your charter patent with my thumbs:
Come, kiss and part, for fear my mother comes.
"Menaphon: Doron's Eclogue" by Robert Greene
The buggy was a new one and, praise Dykes, it stood the strain,
Till he Waler jumped a bullock just above the City Drain;
And the next that I remember was a hurricane of squeals,
And the creature making toothpicks of my five-foot patent wheels.
"Municipal" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

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The Editor interviews Timothy E DeMasi, a Partner in Weil's Patent Litigation Group in the New York Office.
I've been a partner in the Patent Litigation Group at Weil since 2002.
Facebook buys Instagram, Yellow Pages change hands , AOL sells patents.
Apple was awarded a patent application that shows a device with a removable… (Patently Apple ).
Samsung's Chutzpah Over The Apple Patent Ruling.
This list of patents granted the week of June 25 by the US patent office to long island area inventors and companies.
This list of patents granted the week of Oct 29 by the US Patent Office to Long Island-area inventors and companies.
The Canadian patent office recently granted the company a patent for this technology.
A new regional patent office will open in San Jose to deal with the huge influx of US patent application coming from Silicon Valley companies.
Permlight Products and Tempo Lighting have announced that the two companies have reached a settlement in the patent infringement lawsuit filed on April 30, 2004 claiming infringement of Permlight's US Patent Nos.
Patent licensing company Wi-Lan Inc said it has filed a lawsuit against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd for infringing a patent that relates to Bluetooth technology.
This list of patents granted the week of Sept 3 by the US Patent Office to Long Island-area inventors and companies.
Apple's patent victory over Samsung has begun shedding more light on the patent wars.
Many branded manufacturers exploit this rule by filing many patents — some of questionable validity — to extend patent protection for their drugs.

In science:

Parts of this work are sub ject of the patent application WO2005106645.
Quantum random number generator
The author has a financial interest in the patent.
Improved visualisation of brain arteriovenous malformations using color intensity projections with hue cycling
Hildebrandt, Optical Random-Check Generator based on the individual photon statistics at the optical beamsplitter, PCT patent number WO 98/16008.
Optical Quantum Random Number Generator
But, very early reionization would lead to the erasing of the small-scale CMB anisotropies, which patently has not occurred.
New physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background
Wen, “A Multiple-Capture DFT System for Detecting or Locating Crossing Clock-Domain Faults During Self-Test or Scan-Test,” US Patent Application, 20020 120896, August 29 ,2002 .
At-Speed Logic BIST for IP Cores