Definition - What does Patent mean?
A patent is a license issued by the government to an individual or business that gives exclusivity to the person or business to produce a product without allowing a reproduction by a competitor to legally enter the market. Patents are given to inventors who create a product that was not previously in commercial use and which does not already have a patent on it.
Justipedia explains Patent
When an inventor creates a product that was never patented before, they have a right to enjoy the fruits of their labor for a set time before worrying about competitors creating similar products to attempt to take any market share. A patent can have a lifespan of up to 100 years.