The Patent office has just released a revised Draft Manual of Patent Office Practice and Procedure which it claims is more simple and precise form of the earlier one. I am yet to go through it, but from the looks of it, I can say that a lot of extra an unwanted text has been avoided giving it a more leaner form factor.
Though a lot has been blogged about the authoritive value this Manual, it does not dissuade any in the patent office from relying completely on this Manual during paten examination procedures. The inventions that suffer the most are the ones belonging to the Life Sciences domain, especially those dealing with DNA’s, Proteins and cell cultures. Very little is provided in the Manual for dealing with inventions from this domain of science and prosecuting these applications can be a very challenging experience at the Patent office.
Lets hope the new manual has some good news for Life Science attorneys like me.