Are there any consequences for disclosing "too many" references in an information disclosure statement (IDS)?
For example, one may do this to bury a damning reference, overwhelm the examiner so that most IDS references are skipped over, and/or achieve 'presumption of validity' over all disclosed references.
37 CFR 1.56 instructs to disclose the "closest information" for each claim, and not to disclose cumulative references. But this is a fuzzy standard, and not over-disclosing may lead to inequitable conduct issues (despite the standard being raised via Theranos). Is there some sort wrist-slapping if too many IDS references are disclosed without necessity (e.g. from co-pending pros history), and/or do you lose examiner goodwill?