An American novel invention features a new industrial measurement process and is implemented by configuring COTS (commercial off the shelf) computers and COTS software to measure and calculate a utilitarian result. Hardware is not modded in any way, however, in the course of integrating COTS hardware components, software was developed to control the COTS components and produce the result.
There are 2 components to be patented: a process that drives the novel measurement device (invention) functionality of the measurement process.
1) Process disclosure: Is it sufficient to disclose a flowchart diagram of how the end user shall utilize the invention to perform the measurements? It will be obvious how the measurement is electronically performed and recorded. The utilitarian results are calculated from the recorded data and 'obvious' to someone skilled in the art.
2) Device disclosure: Given that the device (invention) is a COTS software configured, is it sufficient to flowchart the software instructions so that the claim can be generalized to any COTS hardware and software language?
3) Is there an expectation that the patent application provide the how-to build the device? i.e. Provide the software code and the COTS hardware specification?
Any questions or edits to the above to sharpen the question is appreciated.