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The evolution of sufficiency in common law

Thambisetty, Sivaramjani (2013) The evolution of sufficiency in common law. LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Paper Series (6/2013). Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The requirement of disclosure in the patent specification is commonly presented as an essential arm of the patent bargain. This paper tests the assumption that disclosure requirements in a number of common law jurisdictions continue to reflect this and other shared origins of this doctrine. Instead we see forces such as Europeanisation and sector-specificity produce divergence and confusion over the purpose of sufficiency, particularly in the context of adjacent patentability criteria such as utility and nonobviousness. The result is a complex expression of this requirement that has eroded the normative strength of this doctrine as originally expressed in Liardet v Johnson.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 15:03
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 00:12

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