American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characteristic of, unique to, or originated by a particular person or group: Throughout the campaign, the candidate refuted his rival's criticisms with a series of patented responses.
- adj. Protected or conferred by a patent or letters patent: a patented process.
- adj. (of devices and processes) protected by patent
“Burke declined to go into detail, but said the company aims to commercialize what he describes as a patented, leapfrog technology that accelerates the breakdown of organic matter, whether crop waste or potato peals, into bio gas.”
“He had just completed his first children's book about Tibet, illustrated with what he called "patented stroboscopic images.”
“If valuable genes remain patented for long periods of time, it could only be because an extended and valuable process of finding valuable genes is needed — which this patentability encourages.”
“Thank you for your interest in patented Newticles and the revolutionary testicular implant procedure for Republicans.”
“The artist Yves Klein patented his own special Ultramarine.”
“Charlie Helin patented his Flatfish in 1936, and by his own claim, the Detroit, Michigan, plug maker had sold 5 million of them before 1950.”
“Staring into a mirror he brings his arms straight up above his head in patented style.”
“Because the poet is artist and dreamer, his word, in one form or another, is "like," a word patented by poets; and all who use it are become, in so far, poets.”
“At one point, it’s a parable about addictions and takes a very serious tone, but the next scene switches to an all out TG & A fest that’s tits, gore and ass, a phrase patented by yours truly!”
“Reggie Jackson, who had his moniker patented, isn't quite ready to pass the Mr. October nickname to Chase Utley.”
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