April 15, 2008
Complex Work Unit Pilot
The USPTO has a new pilot program, guaranteed to become standard practice, to facilitate electronic document submission for what it calls "complex work units:" chemical structure drawings, mathematical formulae, three-dimensional protein crystalline structure data, and table data. The program lets applicants submit such data electronically in a variety of file formats. The thrust is facilitating prior art searching by giving examiners ready access to the data, as opposed to fiddling with conversion of paper submissions, as has been done in the past.
Posted by Patent Hawk at April 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Prosecution
Example patent applications for "three-dimensional protein crystalline structure data" can be found here: http://pxpatents.blogspot.com/
Posted by: Protein Crystallographer at August 31, 2008 1:30 AM