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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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Bernard Banac said in a text message that the "PNP will hold people who would disrupt or interfere." Asked what charges could be filed against people who would attempt to disrupt the government's initiative to free streets of obstructions, Banac said: "It will depend on the circumstances and who is the one interfering.
Their SECURE Our Democracy Act would impose sanctions on anyone found to interfere illegally in an American election from overseas.
Summary: New Delhi [India], July 12 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday declined to intervene in the appeals filed by Centre and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi challenging the Madras High Court order, which had curbed the latter's power to interfere in the day-to-day administration.
Although President Duterte earlier said he doesn't want to interfere with the House Speakership issue, Malacanang now says the President is merely making his preference known and is not interfering with the functions of another branch of government.
Senior state counsel Christine Ndombi urged Justice Christine Meoli of the High Court in Kiambu not to release Lyko Osuri on bail, saying he is likely to interfere with witnesses who are his neighbours.
pacifier use in healthy term breastfeeding infants before and after lactation is established does not reduce the duration of breastfeeding up to four months of age." This finding may surprise many parents who receive the "traditional" advice that pacifier use may interfere with the establishment of breastfeeding.
Ministry of foreign affairs of Pakistan has issued a statement which says that Pakistan opposes those who interfere the internal affairs of a country because the United Nations has passed the resolution about this.
Speaking at a joint news conference alongside his US counterpart, Mr Putin said: "I had to repeat that the Russian state never interfered, and does not plan to interfere in internal American electoral process."
The Association of National Universities of Taiwan said Saturday that the government should not interfere in the decisions of a university's selection committee.
KARACHI -- In remarks that could be viewed as a response to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's recent comments about him, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said on Saturday that he did not intend to interfere in the work of the executive but was compelled to do so due to the poor state of affairs.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom's internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh's main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest.
So this session, Senator Frank Lombardi (D), who's from Cranston, whipped up a bill allowing bake sales at the polls "as long as the conduct does not interfere with the orderly conduct of the scheduled election." The bill passed the Senate, 31-1; whether is survives the House taste test is uncertain.