Nontechnical Disclosure

31 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2016 Last revised: 9 Feb 2017

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Jonas Anderson

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: November 29, 2016


One of the primary goals of the patent system is the broad dissemination of technical knowledge. But, as this Article argues, there is also an underappreciated amount of nontechnical knowledge contained in a patent, information that may in certain cases be more valuable to readers than the technical disclosure contained in a patent. This Article looks at various types of nontechnical disclosure to argue that appreciating the nontechnical aspects of patent disclosure can increase our understanding of what information patents are disseminating to the general public.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Jonas, Nontechnical Disclosure (November 29, 2016). 69 Vanderbilt Law Review 1573 (2016); American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2017-03. Available at SSRN:

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