Footnotes (109)



The Evolution of Sufficiency in Common Law

Sivaramjani Thambisetty

London School of Economics and Political Science

February 5, 2013

LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 6/2013

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: sufficiency, disclosure, utility, enablement, nonobviousness, breadth of claims

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: February 24, 2013  

Suggested Citation

Thambisetty, Sivaramjani, The Evolution of Sufficiency in Common Law (February 5, 2013). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 6/2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2212064 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2212064

Contact Information

Sivaramjani Thambisetty (Contact Author)
London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/staff/sivaramjani-thambisetty.htm

Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 777
Downloads: 77
Download Rank: 237,139
Footnotes:  109

© 2016 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollobot1 in 2.219 seconds