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There is proper disclosure
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 14 2013 @ 05:56 PM EDT

I understand the disclosure requirements to attain a patent to be on:

    being able to build the invention
not on:
    being able to understand the invention
Title 35 specifically says:
Part II, Chapter 11, Section 112

(a) In General. The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, or with which it is most nearly connected, to make and use the same, and shall set forth the best mode contemplated by the inventor or joint inventor of carrying out the invention.
Bolding mine. As a result, because there is sufficient disclosure for someone to build the device exactly* - that requirement is met. But that doesn't mean the one who duplicated the device understands it.

I don't believe I've ever seen a requirement in Patent Law to explain the physics behind a given device and what makes it work.

That science book I mentioned does explain the functionality - even if I didn't understand it or the math supplied. :)

* Of course, I still speak in the context of the concept I originaly spoke, not to any specific application with the exception of the examples I provided for the purpose of proving the concept.

RAS

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