from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A government bureau that studies claims for, grants, and maintains records of patents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a government bureau for the examination of inventions and the granting of patents.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the government bureau in the Department of Commerce that keeps a record of patents and trademarks and grants new ones


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