I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin patent-, patens, from present participle of patēre to be open — more at fathom Date: 14th century 1. a. open to public inspection — used chiefly in the phrase letters patent b. (1) secured by letters patent or by a patent to the exclusive control and possession of a particular individual or party (2) protected by a patent ; made under a patent <
patent locks
c. protected by a trademark or a brand name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by letters patent or a patent ; proprietary <
patent drugs
2. of, relating to, or concerned with the granting of patents especially for inventions <
a patent lawyer
3. making exclusive or proprietary claims or pretensions 4. affording free passage ; unobstructed <
a patent opening
5. patulous, spreading <
a patent calyx
6. archaic accessible, exposed 7. readily visible or intelligible ; obvious Synonyms: see evidentpatently adverb II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an official document conferring a right or privilege ; letters patent 2. a. a writing securing for a term of years the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention b. the monopoly or right so granted c. a patented invention 3. privilege, license 4. an instrument making a conveyance of public lands; also the land so conveyed 5. patent leather III. transitive verb Date: 1675 1. to obtain or grant a patent right to 2. to grant a privilege, right, or license to by patent 3. to obtain or secure by patent; especially to secure by letters patent exclusive right to make, use, or sell • patentability nounpatentable adjective

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