is an intellectual property right covering an invention.
Patent can also refer to the following:
Types of patents
- Utility patent for inventions that do something useful such as apparatus, methods, processes, and new chemicals, plants, animals, bacteria, and genes
- Design patent for an ornamental design or shape
- Utility model also known as a "petty patent," "innovation patent," "minor patent," or "small patent"
- Plant Patent Act, a legislation allowing plant breeds to be patented in the United States