The usual British pronunciation for all senses of this word is [pay-tuhnt]. In technical usage, when it refers to the legal protection of an invention, the word is often pronounced [pat-uhnt]. Americans use [pat-uhnt] for all uses of the word except 'obvious', for which they use [pay-tuhnt].
Blue represents the sky and the sea. Yellow symbolizes the sun which gives light and life. Red reflects the people and their determination to work in the future in unity and love. White stands for justice and harmony. Green recalls the land and nature. Effective date: 8 January 1996.