Reference Law and Legal Definition

Reference is the act of sending or directing to another for information, service, consideration, or decision.

Reference is the submission of a case to a referee. A court can order or refer a case to a master or referee for information or decision. This is usually done with the parties consent. A referee to determine an issue or to perform an act shall have all the powers of a court in performing a like function. The referee’s decision stands as the judgment of the court.

Reference also means the mention or citation of one document or source in another document or source.

With regard to patents reference means the information that is contained in a publication, another patent, or another patent application which the patent examiner considers to be proof of unpredictability in the art that forms a basis for one or more of an applicant's claims to be rejected.