The word patent is a noun. Patent means (1) a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention, (2) an official document granting a right or privilege.
Patent is also a verb that means (1) make open to sight or notice, (2) obtain a patent for, (3) grant rights to; grant a patent for.
Patent is also an adjective that means (1) (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage.
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The EPO provides a uniform patent application procedure for individual inventors and companies that protects the owner in 37 countries. It lists publications, events, and job openings. On the homepage is a guide to apply for a patent. Users can search in several languages. There is also a section called Topics where users can find out more about patents and legislation relating to them.
The responsibility of the Department is to foster, serve, and promote the Nation's economic development and technological advancement. Among the Bureaus within the Department are the Bureau of the Census, International Trade Administration, Patent and Trademark Office, and others. The website describes the organization of the Department and its programs.
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