letter of patent

letter of patent

A legal document transferring ownership out of the government—federal or state—to a private individual.The following sample is an excerpt from a patent out of the United States to Robert Sage,on May 6,1812, for 160 acres of land,signed by President James Monroe.

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A IN 1449, Henry VI issued the first recorded letter of patent to a Flemish man for a 20-year monopoly to make stained glass.
These assignments include all rights and privileges under any letter of patent which may be granted from any subsequent patent applications directed to this invention including all rights throughout the entire world including those to sue for all past infringements which may have occurred prior to their execution of the assignment.