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A government bureau that grants applications for patents.
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government department that issues patents. Abbreviation: Pat. Off
2. (Law) a government department that issues patents. Abbreviation: Pat. Off
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|Noun||1.||Patent Office - the government bureau in the Department of Commerce that keeps a record of patents and trademarks and grants new ones|
Commerce Department, Department of Commerce, DoC, Commerce - the United States federal department that promotes and administers domestic and foreign trade (including management of the census and the patent office); created in 1913