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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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However, despite these directives, the process for resolving interference conflicts can be time-consuming and expensive, as well as a strain on the Commission's resources.
Initially coordinated multipoint transmission and reception technique has been proposed by [7] the main concept behind this technique is coordinate the multiple base stations, so that the users can transmit and receive signals without any interference between the UE and base stations, however this CoMP can be achieved by joint processing and joint transmission.
We are pleased to be hosting the latest Satellite Interference Reduction Group Workshop," commented Mark Rawlins, Director of Communication System Operations, Eutelsat, and Chairman, the Space Data Association.
In this paper, we propose a distributed interference alignment algorithm that provides a game-theoretic interpretation for both the interference signal subspace minimization and the sum rate maximization in K-user MIMO interference channels by directly building on the egoistic and altruistic game equilibria.
The tool allows a user to select a specific type of interference, if known, or to scroll through the plots until they locate one that closely resembles their ongoing interference problem.
An additive-attributable assay aberration is not the first interference to be reported in immunoassays, and it certainly will not be the last.
For our interference simulations in the plane wave theory, we extended our previous program [4] prepared with the decomposition of the wave vector to the parallel and the perpendicular components to the sample surface.
I knew it right at the time that it was pass interference,'' Fassel said.
Because of interference, only the altered beam corresponding to the targeted database item passes on to a detector, the researchers say.
Light needs to interact with the two-dimensional interference pattern in the computer to display the hologram.
Whatever the source of the complaint, Krock's patience has been drained by past interference problems.