In line with President Obama’s recent call for a “Cancer Moonshot” (a US$1 billion initiative to achieve 10 years’ worth of cancer research in the next 5 years) the USPTO announced its “Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program” to accelerate examination of patent applications relating to cancer immunotherapy. The USPTO aims to complete patent examination for cancer immunotherapy applications under this program in 12 months or less.
In good news for Australian immunotherapy scientists, the program is open to both U.S. and international applicants and involves no additional fee.
The requirements for a patent application to enter this pilot scheme include the following:
Note that if an extension of time is requested, the application will no longer be considered under the pilot program.
Please contact your FB Rice advisor to discuss how you can take advantage of this new initiative.