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A patent a set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention.
Types of intellectual property patents
- Biological patent
- Business method patent
- Chemical patent
- Design patent for an ornamental design or shape
- Software patent
- Utility model, also known as a "petty patent," "innovation patent," "minor patent," or "small patent"
- Utility (patent), for an invention that functions in a unique manner and not merely ornamental.
Other meanings of patent
- Letters patent, a type of legal instrument issued by a monarch or president, generally granting an office, right, monopoly, title, or status to a person or corporation
- Land patent, a land grant, such as in a patented mining claim
- Patent leather, a shiny form of leather originally produced by a patented process
- Patent medicine, medical compounds of questionable effectiveness sold under a variety of names and labels
- Patent bet, in the UK, a wager on three selections and consisting of 7 separate bets
- In medicine and biology, patent implies open, unobstructed, expanded, e.g. patent ductus arteriosus
- Plant Patent Act, legislation allowing plant breeds to be patented in the United States
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