I have a question about explaining the theory that undergoes an invention: should it be exposed in patent application (Description) and if yes how?
For what I have seen patent documents are not intended to explain the theory that lay under the invention and therefore the document is written in a “legalese” style, it is quite succinct, it lacks illustrations other than the ones functional to invention description.
In other words it seems to me that an application is intended exclusively to describe an invention (for claim and legal purposes), not to explain it. This could be effective for mechanical inventions, but in other fields where some theoretic backgrounds is needed to understand the invention is not possible to effectively claim without providing some extra explanation.
Hence a semantic search related invention could be “packed” in a succinct operational and algorithm description, but the invention wouldn't be well understood if the undergoing theory (that is somehow innovative) is not better explained.
Should the inventor write and publish a paper (scientific style) in which the general theory is exposed and then cite it in patent application? In this case should the paper be published before or after patent application? If the paper would be published before patent application, how to be sure that it doesn't invalidate the invention being considered a theory in public domain?