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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.

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Airborne Radio Interference Cancellation Brought to Ground
The odd sounds lasted for around an hour, but Cernan told NASA he believe it was radio interference. "I don't remember that incident exciting me enough to take it seriously," Cernan said. "It was probably just radio interference.
But the proof didn't come until Emily Petroff (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia) and colleagues installed a real-time radio interference monitor.
The system provides a reliable wireless communications environment by quantifying the noise that can impair communications quality and tracking the effects of radio interference. When problems arise with access points, the situation can be accurately assessed based on consistently configured settings information and log information, and problems can be quickly solved.
Miniature in size, the device transmits on license-free 2.4Ghz, avoiding local radio interference to ensure data integrity and security.
The SIC tool is constructed like a picture book, with sample plots depicting various types of satellite radio interference. 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.
To address inherent observational challenges, the astronomers developed new techniques that removed both man-made radio interference and radio emission from more-nearby astronomical sources, to leave the extremely faint radio waves coming from the very distant hydrogen gas.
Comfortable, the buttons and auto-tune useful, but we had so much radio interference we could hear BBC Radio 5Live and the TV simultaneously.
The new European standard will ensure that new mobile telephones are safe and that radio interference problems are avoided, the Commission added in a statement.
In a related application, the subject of a 2006 IEEE EMC Symposium paper, dithering has been used to reduce automotive radio interference caused by pulse width modulated (PWM) electric motor drives.