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Define That Term #319

Dictionary_2 Last week's term was offensive collateral estoppel, which is defined as:

A doctrine that prevents a defendant from re-litigating an issue after it has been lost. For example, if your neighbor sues you for putting up a fence on his land and the court rules that your fence extends beyond your property line, you can't later file your own lawsuit seeking a declaration that the property line is incorrectly drawn.

No one guessed this time around. 

This week's term is:

utility patent.

As always, no dictionaries, please.


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