Legal Definition and Related Resources of Equivalent

Meaning of Equivalent

equal in work or value , force , power , effect , import or the like. In patent law, an act or substance which is known in the arts as a proper substitute for some other act or substance employed as an element in the invention , whose substitution for that other act or substance does not in any manner vary the idea of means . It possesses t.r.e. characteristics: (1) must be capable of performing the same office in the invention as the act or substance whose place it supplies; (2) must relate to the form or embodiment alone and not affect in any degree the idea of means; and (3) must have been known in the arts at the date of the patent as endowed with this capability. See Imhaeuser v Buerk, 101 U.S. 647, 25 L.Ed. 945.

Equivalent Alternative Definition

Of the same value. Some times a condition must be literally accomplished in forma speeifica; but some may be fulfilled by an equivalent, per aequipollenSj when such appears to be the intention of the parties. RoUe, Abr. 451; 1 Bouv. Inst, note 760. In Patent Law. As applied to machines, a de’vice which performs the same result as another, in substantially the same way. 58 Fed. 281. As applied to the chemical action of fluids, it means “equally good.” 7 Wall. (U. S.) 330.

Synonyms of Equivalent


  • alike
  • as good as
  • balancing
  • coequal
  • comparable
  • compensatory
  • equal
  • equal in effect
  • equal in force
  • equal in power
  • equal in significance
  • equal in value
  • equalized
  • equipollent
  • even
  • identical
  • identical in size
  • identical in value
  • interchangeable
  • like
  • of equal force
  • of equal value
  • of equal weight
  • on a par with
  • parallel
  • pro re valere
  • reciprocal
  • same
  • similar
  • substitutable
  • synonymous
  • tantamount
  • without difference
  • Associated Concepts: equivalent acts
  • fair equivalent
  • substantially equivalent

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