Defensive Disclosure Law and Legal Definition

With respect to Patent law, defensive disclosure is a publication of details that are made deliberately about an invention to render it prior art and thereby precluding others from getting a patent on the same invention. Defensive disclosure can be made by filing for public disclosure through the Statutory Invention Registration and publishing the abstract in the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This can also be done privately by publishing it in an independent journal that will probably be consulted by a patent examiner. Once this becomes published, it precludes issuance of a patent on that invention.