Definition of unpatented in English:

unpatented

adjective

  • Not patented.

    ‘an unpatented invention’
    • ‘It was used ten years before Timothy Bailey's unpatented mechanized frame was tied to waterpower at Cohoes, New York, which was long thought to be the first stocking factory in the United States.’
    • ‘At any rate, information about unpatented inventions may be held secret during surveys as well.’
    • ‘Still awaiting return of ballistics report from firearms laboratory at Aldermaston, which, incidentally, has asked the court's indulgence in claiming firsts rights if the exhibit turns out to be unpatented.’
    • ‘China is suspected of hiring scientists to spy and steal unpatented research from Swedish universities, Swedish public radio reported on Monday.’
    • ‘In the ‘Harvard Mouse’ case, Canada's top court reinforced efforts to keep higher forms of life unpatented when it ruled that Harvard did not have a patent on its famous ‘OncoMouse,’ designed to quickly develop cancer.’
    • ‘Short for Free Lossless Audio Codec, FLAC is like Vorbis in that it is totally free, unpatented, and open-source.’
    • ‘In the pharmaceutical industry this meant that Indian companies could make cheaper versions of drugs, as long as they used a different, unpatented manufacturing process.’
    • ‘He says he dreamt it up a decade back but allowed it to go unpatented.’
    • ‘By the time he died, Crompton was an embittered man having made little or no money from his invention which was unpatented and, therefore, copied by many.’
    • ‘Also, the natural, unpatented tobacco plant is yet unstudied for its potentially negative effects.’
    • ‘During the summers of 1957 and 1958 he restaked the entire mine area with unpatented mining claims, as the original unpatented claims had lapsed because no annual assessment work had been carried out on them.’
    • ‘Companies post queries, usually with a preset dollar amount to be paid for a worthy submission, and accept both patented and unpatented ideas from Web surfers who agree to the company's terms.’
    • ‘Oxfam refutes the argument used by defenders of the WTO agreement that the impact will be minimal in the ‘Third World,’ since most diseases there are long-standing and can be treated using unpatented drugs.’

Pronunciation

unpatented

/ʌnˈpeɪt(ə)ntɪd//ʌnˈpat(ə)ntɪd/