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Definition: Patented entities

ESA 1995

Inventions in categories of technical novelty that, by law or by judicial decision, can be afforded patent protection. Examples include constitutions of matter, processes, mechanisms, electrical and electronic circuits and devices, pharmaceutical formulations and new varieties of living things produced by artifice.
Eurostat, "European System of Accounts - ESA 1995", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1996