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n. ~ 1. A privilege, property, or authority granted to an individual by a government or sovereign. - 2. Intellectual property · The exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention that is novel, useful, and not obvious. - 3. The record of such a grant or right.

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The Constitution grants the United States Congress the authority to issues patents3. Patents are codified in 35 USC 101-103.