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Patent and Trademark Office, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishPatent and Trademark Office, thethe Patent and Trademark OfficeˌPatent and ˈTrademark ˌOffice, the (abbreviation PTO, USPTO) 🔊 🔊 the US government department that decides which new inventions can be given a patent (=the right to make and sell a new invention). There is a similar department in the UK called the Patent Office.
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