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Sufficiency of patent disclosure

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There is an old Latin saying Do ut des , which means give and you will be given. It applies to all agreements wherein nobody can seek to receive most or all of the advantages of the contract while the other party has in essence to bear the disadvantages. A patent, considered to be an agreement between the public, represented by a patent office, and an inventor, encourages the latter to give information about his invention, while the public guarantee a maximum period of time during which the inventor has a monopoly. Therefore, the same rules apply as in any agreement: the more information one gives, the more protection one gets in return.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1999-03-01

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