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  • n  a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
  • n  an official document granting a right or privilege
  • v  obtain a patent for
    Should I patent this invention?
  • v  grant rights to; grant a patent for
  • v  make open to sight or notice
    His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him
  • s  (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage
    patent ductus arteriosus
  • s  clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    patent advantages

  • Getting a patent isn't easy and though it is possible to get a patent without a patent attorney, it is still recommended to get legal assistance.
  • Before 1776, most of the American colonies granted patents.
  • What does a company do with a patented process in some basic field of its industry? Sometimes it keeps the patent to itself.
News & Articles

  • Infineon settles patent infringement row with Atmel
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German chipmaker Infineon said it has settled a patent infringement claim against Atmel , ending a legal dispute that has been ongoing for more than two years. As part of the settlement, Atmel will pay Infineon an undisclosed sum, Infineon sad in a statement on Friday. Infineon initiated proceedings against Atmel in April 2011, filing a complaint against the company in the ...
    June 14, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • Patent Laws Aren't Preventing Copycat Firms like Apple and Samsung
    Patent Laws Aren't Preventing Copycat Firms like Apple and Samsung        
    June 13, 2013 - The Motley Fool
  • Patent Board's SAP Ruling is First Under New AIA Rules
    A key patent used in a case brought by Versata against SAP America has been found too abstract and therefore invalid.
    June 13, 2013 -

  • Anthony Kennedy in The Associated Press
    The patent application here can be rejected under our precedents on the unpatentability of abstract ideas,Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court. "The Court, therefore, need not define further what constitutes a patentable process."
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg in International Herald Tribune
    The presumption that United States law governs domestically but does not rule the world applies with particular force in patent law,Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion.
  • Stephen Breyer in The Associated Press
    This court has never before held that so-called 'business methods' are patentable, and, in my view, the text, history, and purposes of the Patent Act make clear that they are not,Breyer said.

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