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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Lucas is more suited to a shootout with a bad guy than running interference between local cops, FBI, Russian operatives and the media but reluctantly he finds he is good at doing both jobs.
Running interference between Tutsis and Hutus, government officials and rebels, he recalls Schindler, but in his docile temperament--worrying, even at the height of the conflict, about maintaining the high standards of the Mille Collines--he even more closely resembles Schindler's scrupulous accountant, Itzhak Stern.
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.
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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.