A recent newsgroup posting included the following request for information:
I’m [looking for] ways to file a disclosure so that it is beyond argument technically “publicly available” but is very difficult to find.
The questioner was hoping to find an obscure way to create prior art without really giving away trade secret information. Of course, this approach is directly contrary to the purpose of the public disclosure requirement of 35 U.S.C. 102, and overt gaming of the system would likely raise the ire of a U.S. jury.
However, if the prior art is intentionally indexed only in a remote off-line Ghanaian library, will it still serve as prior art?
In other news, the PTO is killing its document disclosure program.