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FAQ: What classifies as an "enabling disclosure"?

Postby CriterionD » Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:11 pm

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FAQ: What, exactly, classifies as an "enabling disclosure"?

Postby Scrupulous » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:24 pm

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An enabling disclosure is a description of an invention that gives a "person having ordinary skill in the art" (P.H.O.S.I.T.A.) enough information and direction to duplicate the invention on his/her own.

It doesn't require re-inventing the wheel, so to speak. If your invention relies on existing technology, or is an improvement of a well-known (or patented) article, then only the improvement needs to be explained. A simple reference to the underlying item that is being improved upon, will do.

In drawings, the underlying item can be shown as a text box (for schematics) or a dotted outline (for physical items).