1. [Noun]: a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

2. [Noun]: an official document granting a right or privilege

3. clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reac

4. (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"

5. [Verb]: make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

6. [Verb]: grant rights to; grant a patent for

7. [Verb]: obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"

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