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Of or pertaining to the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

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contracting state

Legal services; Patent & trademark

a national Office or an intergovernmental organization which is party to the Patent Cooperation Treaty.


Legal services; Commerical law

On legal documents

class action

Legal services; Patent & trademark

It is a lawsuit brought on behalf of a group or class of plaintiff, such as suing the company that manufactured asbestos to obtain monetary damages for all those harmed by the ...

bait and switch

Law; Patent & trademark

An unlawful advertising technique whereby one item is publicized, but when the customer appears, another item is offered.

limited liability

Law; Patent & trademark

Limited liability protects personal assets from forfeiture and therefore encourages people to invest in businesses that they might otherwise avoid.

double patenting

Legal services; Patent & trademark

An inventive entity cannot obtain claims in two patents directed either to the same invention or to an obvious variation of the same invention. Where the inventions are ...


Legal services; Patent & trademark

A transfer of patent rights that does not amount to an assignment. A license, which can be exclusive or non-exclusive, does not give the licensee the legal title to the patent.