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Specification in a legal context means:

  • The action of providing a detailed statement under a contract regarding quality, measurements, or otherwise.
  • Concerning patents,┬áit is the section of the patent application that describes how an invention is made, its purpose, and the way it should be operated or used. The specification must provide sufficient information to enable a person of ordinary skill to produce or use the invention as its inventor intended.

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]