patent

(US) The exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention for a specified period, granted by the federal government to the investor if the device or process is novel, useful, and nonobvious.

35 U.S.C.A. §§ 101-103 (2013); Patents, Black’s Law Dictionary (Second Pocket Ed. 2011).

https://thelawdictionary.org/patent-2/

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