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Writing for World Intellectual Property Review, Rory P. Pheiffer Analyzes Public Disclosure

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Rory P. Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, authored that examined what counts as public disclosure and what does not in World Intellectual Property Review. In the article, “How to Keep Your Disclosure From Becoming Prior Art,” Rory analyzed recent case law to examine how inventors can share their invention with others to get valuable feedback. According to Rory, “Patent protection is a quid pro quo—as an incentive for disclosing the details of an invention to the public, the inventor is granted a limited ‘monopoly’ on the invention to prevent others from practicing the scope of the invention. When the invention is already known to the public, through disclosure by the inventor or another, there is no exchange to be had and a patent will not be granted.”

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