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  ( patents    plural & 3rd person present)   ( patenting    present participle)   ( patented    past tense & past participle  )
The pronunciation pætənt is also used for meanings 1 and 2 in British English.     
1       n-count   A patent is an official right to be the only person or company allowed to make or sell a new product for a certain period of time.  
P&G applied for a patent on its cookies..., He held a number of patents for his many innovations...     
2       verb   If you patent something, you obtain a patent for it.  
He patented the idea that the atom could be split...      V n  
...a patented machine called the VCR II.      V-ed  
3       adj   You use patent to describe something, especially something bad, in order to indicate in an emphatic way that you think its nature or existence is clear and obvious.,   (emphasis)    (=obvious)  
This was patent nonsense., ...a patent lie.     
  patently      adv   (=clearly)  
He made his displeasure patently obvious...     

patent leather     
Patent leather is leather which has a shiny surface. It is used to make shoes, bags, and belts.      n-uncount   oft N n  
He wore patent leather shoes.     
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(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
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