Patent Linchpin for the 21st Century? - Best Mode Revisited

March 2, 2005 Published Work
Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, February 2005, Volume 87, No. 2, pages 89 - 112

A quarter-century after one of our co-authors explored the need for, and value to society of, the best mode disclosure requirement in patent practice, the authors are now revisiting the subject. During the intervening years, there have been significant changes in how business is conducted, notably in favor of an increased volume of global business transactions. This increase is largely attributable to technological advances, particularly in enhanced communications resulting from the widespread use of the Internet, as well as the impact of international treaties lifting trade restrictions among nations, and thereby facilitating the exchange of goods and services.