Q: My house is paid for and I want to get a patent on it under intellectual property can I do that?
This is an example of a legal word having two different meanings. The word patent used to mean a right that was granted by the monarch or the government for something, including a right to hold some land, or the exclusive right to sell a certain product in the kingdom. Nowadays, land is conveyed by deeds and not patents, and a patent is a technical/legal document that gives the holder the right to exclude others from doing what the patent claims.
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