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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.


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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NAB also suggests certain procedural changes to improve the process for resolving interference complaints against translators.
The main concept of interference cancellation is to regenerate the interference signals by coding techniques and subtract them from the desired signals.
A multi-user MIMO interference channel with K communication pairs is shown in Fig.
If no shielding is available at the satellite antenna site, then interference can be caused at distances up to about 150km.
Towards a better understanding of heterophile (and the like) antibody interference with modern immunoassays.
The present experiments of the VCN spin resonator interferometry gave the interference visibility with satisfactory reproducibility for each of single and twin resonator setups.
7) The film records the interference pattern created by the clash of waves reflected from around the apple and from the reference beam.
Sorting out the interference debate is hard, because there are really two issues at stake.
Our aim is to act as an invaluable resource to our members and the industry, firstly as a forum for open discussion, secondly as a lobbying force, thirdly as an interference data consolidator and finally, as an innovator and supporter of new technology that can effectively address interference and Quality of Service," commented Martin Coleman, Executive Director, the Satellite Interference Reduction Group.
11b card, adequate for small installations and maintenance of small systems where interference is not significant.
Specific contributions include: (1) modeling and validation of the Bluetooth protocol specifications, (2) assessment of interference among wireless devices operating in the 2.
OFDM offers better spectral efficiency and interference immunity.