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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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And he has acted accordingly, running interference for the Bush administration, forestalling the sorts of inquiries, and ducking the kinds of questions that might reflect negatively on the president's national security record during an election year.
Can you compensate for weaknesses in his style, such as running interference with difficult people?
If Melissa had a training manager boss running interference for her, the boss would make sure that Melissa did training and only training.
In short, no matter how unpopular it is to say So, any college worthy of the name--and community colleges must strive to be worthy of the noun, not the adjective--has the unenviable but necessary job of running interference for the bodies politic and economic.
Someone who's been running interference with your heart is permanently banished to the sidelines.
Indeed, Costner's refreshingly scabrous rendering of Presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell makes him more like JFK's bodyguard, running interference and strong-arming the bureaucrats.
Prowess and intentionality are thus stifled, as in Pollock's and Louis' work, although this time by hardware and software running interference between manual manipulation and visual result (Prieto has to look away from her hand to see the on-screen imagery it's producing).