Legal Term Dictionary

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    A pledge or mortgage.
    One who is under pledge; one who has had sureties or pledges given for him. Spelman.
    Vain; inadequate to its purpose; not of binding force or legal efficacy; lacking in authority or obligation. Hood v. Perry, 75 Ga. 312; State v. Casteel, 110 Ind. 174, 11 N. E. 219; Mutual Ben. L. Ins. Co. v. Winne, 20 Mont 20, 49 Pac. 446.
    An encroachment upon tbe rights of another; the incursion of an army for conquest or plunder. Webster. See jEt-na Ins. Co. v. Boon, 95 U. S. 129, 24 L. Ed. 395.
    The inquisition of ser-jeantles and knights' fees. Cowell.
    Lat. In the civil law. Things carried in and brought in. Articles brought Into a hired tenement by the hirer or tenant, and which became or were pledged to the lessor as security for the rent Dig. 2, 14, 4, pr. The phrase is adopted in Scotch law. See Bell. More...
    To find out something new; to devise, contrive, and produce something not previously known or existing, by the exercise of independent investigation and experiment; particularly applied to machines, mechanical appliances, compositions, and patentable inventions of every sort.
    In the civil law. Finding ; one of the modes of acquiring title to property by occupancy. Helnecc. lib. 2, tit 1, | 350. In old English law. A thing found; as goods or treasure-trove. Cowell. The plural, "inventiones," is also used.
    In patent law. The act or operation of finding out something new; the process of contriving and producing something not previously known or existing, by the exercise of independent investigation and experiment Also the article or contrivance or composition so invented. See Lei-dersdorf v. Flint, 15 Fed. Cas. 260; Smith More...
    One who finds out or contrives some new thing; one who devises some new art, manufacture, mechanical appliance, or process; one who invents a patentable contrivance. See Sparkman v. Higgins, 22 Fed. Cas. 879; Henderson v. Tompkins (C C.) 60 Fed. 764.
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