VERB + PATENT apply for, file In 1843 Bain filed a patent for his fax machine. | get, obtain, take out | protect sth by Genetically engineered plants can be protected by patent. | grant (sb), issue | refuse A patent will be refused if details of the item have already been released to the public. | have, hold | infringe
PATENT + NOUN application | protection | law a leading authority on patent law | Office
PREP. ~ for In 1995 he was granted a patent for his invention. | ~ on Edison took out a patent on the light bulb.
PHRASES patent pending (= waiting to be issued) The item is Patent Pending No. 912057.