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Obvious protection for inventive types (6)


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'obvious' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

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(Other definitions for patent that I've seen before include "For all to see" , "Licence for inventors; obvious" , "Register (an invention)" , "Like a medicine" , "Open the right to an invention" .)

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