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Interference

In the law of Patents, the presence of two pending applications, or an existing patent and a pending application that encompass an identical invention or discovery.

When interference exists, the Patent and Trademark Office conducts an investigation to ascertain the priority of invention between the conflicting applications, or the application and the patent. A patent is customarily granted to the earlier invention.

interference

noun antagonism, antipathy, bar, barrier, censure, check, collision, conflict, contravention, damper, disapproval, disturbance, encumbrance, fetter, frustration, hindrance, impediment, imposition, interception, intercession, intermediacy, interruption, intervention, intrusion, invasion, meddling, nuisance, obstruction, onus, opposition, resistance, restraint, setback, stricture, stumbling block
Associated concepts: contempt, frustration of contract, interrerence with contractual relations
See also: bar, barrier, burden, check, collision, conflict, damper, deterrence, deterrent, disadvantage, dispute, embargo, encroachment, encumbrance, fetter, filibuster, frustration, handicap, hiatus, hindrance, impediment, imposition, infringement, intercession, interruption, intervention, intrusion, invasion, mediation, molestation, nuisance, obstruction, onus, opposition, prohibition, resistance, restraint, veto
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Dicke, 31 there is a preference for constructive interference (super-radiance) in the initial phase of the interaction between radiation and non-randomly oriented matter of suitable size, while destructive interference (subradiance) dominates after longer periods of time.
Depending on the thickness of the layers, constructive or destructive interference occurs.
This result is destructive interference, the most effective way to cancel noise from low-frequency sources.
The cookie-cutter 'chevron' structures that cut into the rear of Boeing's 787 airliner's engine, basically lead to destructive interference by mixing the emerging hot air blasting out of the jet core with the draggy eddy currents generated as the engine bites into the airflow around the engine