Patent (disambiguation)

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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[edit]

Other meanings of patent[edit]

  • 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
  • In botany, patent means standing normal (at 90 degrees) to the axis, see Glossary of botanical terms#patent

See also[edit]

  • Plant Patent Act, legislation allowing plant breeds to be patented in the United States