Monday, 29 June 2009

Patents and biological sequencing in Brazil

On 7 May 2009 the Brazilian Patent Office (BPO) published Resolution 210/2009, which establishes the new standard procedure for the presentation of nucleotides and amino acids sequence listings in patent applications. This resolution revokes the provision regarding the "Listing of Biological Sequences" of Normative Act 127/97.

Under the new Resolution, the presentation of nucleotides and/or amino acids sequence listings should follow WIPO’s Standard ST. 25. The sequence listing should be submitted at the filing date of the patent application, or no later than the date of the examination request, in a computer readable form (CD or DVD), in TXT and PDF format.

A printable copy may be additionally submitted at the filing date, attached to the specification. The applicant that has submitted the sequence listing in a printed form before the issuance of this resolution may also submit it in a electronic format, in compliance with this Resolution. This Resolution comes into force on 1 September 2009.

Information provided by Di Blasi, Parente, Vaz e Dias & Associados

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