512. Nature of objection to insufficiency of description.

The specification must enable the invention to be performed to the full extent of the monopoly claimed1. In order to decide whether the specification is sufficient, the first step is to decide what the invention is and this is to be found by reading and construing the claims2.

If the invention discloses a principle capable of general application, the claims may be in correspondingly general terms and the patentee does not need to show that he has proved its application in every general instance3. On the other hand, if the claims include a number of discrete methods or products, then