patent infringement

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Noun1.patent infringement - violation of the rights secured by a patent
infringement, violation - an act that disregards an agreement or a right; "he claimed a violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment"
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'If software patents cover more ground in the manner recommended, some believe that small software companies may find themselves on the wrong end of patent infringment suits from giants such as Microsoft and IBM.
However, the patent infringment suit regarding BigDye Versions 1.0 and 2.0 products is expected to go to trial shortly (see IBO 1/31/01).
Uppsala, Sweden 1/4/00 and Santa Fe, NM 1/5/00-The US District Court has issued a ruling in Biacore AB and Biacore US's 1997 suit against Thermo BioAnalysis for patent infringment of the CM-dextran curvette.