patent of invention
patent (of invention)
n. The granting of a right or authority by the federal government; the document granting that right or authority; an exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention granted to the inventor of a unique device or process for a specified period of time (usually 20 years).
@ design patent
Patent granted for a new appearance to an existing item.
@ plant patent
Patent granted for a new variety of plant, granted to person who discovers and reproduces same.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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