patent office


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patent office

n.
A government bureau that grants applications for patents.

Patent Office

(ˈpætənt)
n
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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Noun1.Patent Office - the government bureau in the Department of Commerce that keeps a record of patents and trademarks and grants new onesPatent 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
bureau, federal agency, government agency, agency, office, authority - an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
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Patent Office

n the Patent Officel'ufficio brevetti
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That reminds me to remark, in passing, that the very first official thing I did, in my adminis- tration -- and it was on the very first day of it, too -- was to start a patent office; for I knew that a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a crab, and couldn't travel any way but sideways or backways.
John's Wood; put green blinds outside all the private houses, with a red curtain and a white one in every window; plough up all the roads; plant a great deal of coarse turf in every place where it ought NOT to be; erect three handsome buildings in stone and marble, anywhere, but the more entirely out of everybody's way the better; call one the Post Office; one the Patent Office, and one the Treasury; make it scorching hot in the morning, and freezing cold in the afternoon, with an occasional tornado of wind and dust; leave a brick-field without the bricks, in all central places where a street may naturally be expected: and that's Washington.
The Patent Office at Washington, furnishes an extraordinary example of American enterprise and ingenuity; for the immense number of models it contains are the accumulated inventions of only five years; the whole of the previous collection having been destroyed by fire.
In describing it to the officials of the Patent Office, he was obliged to call it "an improvement in telegraphy," when, in truth, it was nothing of the kind.