Definition of "anticipation"
  1. A situation where an invention cannot be patented because it closely resembles a prior invention, making it non-novel, as defined by previous public exposure, sales, inventions, or publications
How to use "anticipation" in a sentence
  1. Their application for a patent was denied owing to anticipation as the product design had already been published in a trade journal.
  2. He couldn't patent his invention due to anticipation, as the invention had been on public display for more than a year.
  3. Anticipation was the reason for the unavailability of a patent, as her invention was too similar to a previously patented one.

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