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Definition of patent:

  1. A document making a grant and conveyance of public lands.
  2. A letter patent, or letters patent; an official document, issued by a sovereign power, conferring a right or privilege on some person or party.
  3. A writing securing to an invention.
  4. 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.
  5. Open to public perusal; - said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters patent, under 3d Letter.
  6. Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous.
  7. Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
  8. The right or privilege conferred by such a document; hence, figuratively, a right, privilege, or license of the nature of a patent.
  9. 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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unmixed, protected, monopolize, unobstructed, exclude, homely, unembellished, control, sheer, unsubtle, free, observable, perceptible, seeming, broad, trademark, manifest, spare, visible, copyright, register, crystal clear, palpable, letters patent, obvious, unornamented, patented, plain, limited, transparent, conspicuous, ostensible, controlled, secure, see, patent of invention, licensed, unvarnished, clear-cut, tangible, overt, distinct, unpatterned, limit, safeguard, evident, apparent, pronounced, glaring, unmingled, noticeable, discernible.

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