from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A document issued by a government to a patentee granting an exclusive right to the enjoyment or possession of an invention.
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- n. A type of legal document which is an open letter issued by an authority granting a right, monopoly, title, or status to a person or organization.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a writing executed and sealed, by which power and authority are granted to a person to do some act, or enjoy some right. The common commercial patent is a derivative form of such a right.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an official document granting a right or privilege
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