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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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This is the second interference declared by the PTAB involving these parties respective CRISPR/Cas9 patent families.
In view of the fact that the interfering transmitters far away from the desired receiver contribute less interference to the receiver due to path loss, they will be given less priority in selecting nodes to align given the feasibility constraint.
During a talk with Islamabad-based editors and bureau chiefs, the HEC chairman had on Wednesday reportedly said that political interference in universities has gone up,
The statement noted that HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri and PM Imran held a discussion on Thursday in which the latter has stated that interference in universities will not be tolerated.
partnerships, the allegations of its interference with Taiwan's election should be urgently pursued.
Interference will probably always be a problem, but if we can get better at spotting patterns of occurrences, we will be able to resolve them more quickly using technology" Martin Coleman, Executive Director, The Satellite Interference Reduction Group
Historically, one of the biggest challenges when it comes to interference resolution has been understanding what is causing it.
When powered up, the bitcoin miner reportedly produced radio emissions that caused interference with T-Mobile's ( 700MHz LTE network -a frequency band that is commonly used for commercial wireless services as well as for public safety communications like first responders.
Patients and physicians may be unaware of biotin interference in laboratory assays.
And as we have known, the time domain finite impulse response (FIR) filter in the conventional STAP is not able to make full use of the time-frequency sparse characteristics of interference signals because it only has frequency-resolving ability.
The telco giant said in a statement that it had detected mobile service interference in 1,200 of its cell sites, about 15 percent of its more than 8,000 cell sites.
Specifically, the NAB proposed certain rule and policy changes designed to provide translator licensees greater flexibility to resolve any interference issues, and to facilitate "the efficient disposition of interference complaints against translators."