Bargain Theory

At the heart of patent protection lies a bargain. The patent bargain is struck between the inventor and the public.  Like all bargains, it includes three elements: offer, acceptance and consideration. The inventor offers to disclose a novel, unobvious and useful invention to the public. This disclosure is the consideration to be paid. If the consideration fails, the inventor cannot claim the exclusivity conferred by letters patent and the patent is void.

December 2, 2020
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Written Description Particularly Important if Amending Claims in Response to Competitor

Fed. Cir. 2018-1779: A patent for testing fetal DNA was found to be unpatentable because the claims were not fully supported by the written description.