US Patent Office To Consider Including Patient Voice In Patent Considerations
PTO judge says she is ‘intrigued’ by request for patients to be involved in patent discussions and examiner training. Patients advocated for a seat at the table during USPTO-FDA’s ‘listening session’ on initiatives to promote greater access to medicines.
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The director of the agency’s patient-focused drug development program talks to the Pink Sheet about how the program has improved the development and evaluation of new drugs, initiatives underway, and plans to standardize and harmonize the process.
Agencies are holding public ‘listening session’ to get input on method of use patents and ‘skinny labeling,’ REMS patenting, PTAB proceedings and other topics.
Patent office could request information from FDA that is material to patentability, speakers at USPTO-FDA ‘listening session’ advise the agencies. Information exchange raises questions about trade secret protection and burdens on agencies.