patentpa‧tent1 /ˈpeɪtnt, ˈpæ- $ ˈpæ-/ noun 🔊 🔊 [countable, uncountable]BBSCL a specialdocument that gives you the right to make or sell a new invention or product that no one else is allowed to copy → copyrightpatent on/for 🔊 He applied for a patent for a new method of removing paint. 🔊 He wants to take out a patent on his new type of dustbin. 🔊 The drugs are protected by patent.
patent• Her reluctance to go made her heartache, but the truth was patent.• This entitled them to bring a patentaction against the buyers to enforce the patent.• Footwear first, of course: Gucci patentleather, square-toed boots are in.patentpatent3 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 to obtain a special document giving you the right to make or sell a new invention or product → copyright→ See Verb table
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patent• Cox made millions by patenting a device used in steelproduction.• He was scarcely out of school before he had patented a rock-boring machine for coal mines.• The advantage of tera-ethyl lead was that it could be patented and royalties charged.• For the outsidewalls, he used cinder-block masonry, with a patentedconcretestuccosprayed on.• Healthcare companies are scrambling to patent the new approach first.• They patented the Sam Torrance Putter and Sam signed a contract.• They took Joly's method a stepfurther when they patented their autochrome system in 1904.From Longman Business Dictionarypatentpa‧tent1 /ˈpeɪtnt, ˈpæ-ˈpæ-/ noun [countable]LAW1a legal document giving a person or company the right to make or sell a new invention, product, or method of doing something and stating that no other person or company is allowed to do thisWe believe our patent covers the actual commercial process used in making the new drug.allegedpatent infringement (=breaking the law by using a product, idea etc without permission)McAfee has filed a patent (=making it official) for delivering security software as a service over the Web.2patent pending (also patent applied for) used to say that someone has asked for a patentAlthough the company has a patent pending on its product, it doesn’t plan on keeping it.patentpatent2 verb [transitive]LAWto obtain a patent, protecting the rights to make or sell a new invention, product, or method of doing somethingThe drug is owned and patented by Hoffmann-La Roche. —patented adjective [only before a noun]patented heat-transfer technologyThe easiest way to earn money from a patented invention is to license someone else to use it, and collect royalties.→ See Verb table