A ground for rejection of a patent claim that is based on a lack of cooperation among the elements of an invention. MPEP 2173.05(k).
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A relationship in which an object contains one or more other subordinate objects as part of its state. The subordinate objects typically have no independent existence separate from their containing object. When the containing object has no further useful existence, neither do the subordinate objects. For instance, a gas station object might contain several pump objects. These pumps will only exist as long as the station does. Aggregation is also referred to as the has-a relationship, to distinguish it from the is-a relationship, which refers to inheritance.
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In security, the acquisition of sensitive information by collecting and correlating information of lesser sensitivity. [2382-pt.8]
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