MPEP 2421.04
Future Changes to the Sequence Rules

Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised in June 2020

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2421.04    Future Changes to the Sequence Rules [R-07.2015]

With general regard to the symbols and format to be used for nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence data set forth in 37 CFR 1.822 and the form and format for sequence submissions in computer readable form set forth in 37 CFR 1.824, the Office intends to accommodate progress in the areas of both standardization and computerization as they relate to sequence data by subsequently amending the rules to take into account any such progress. As the Office progresses in these areas, the Office will do so by the publication of notices in the Official Gazette or formal rulemaking proposals, as appropriate. The Office will also continue work on the preparation of a new World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) standard on the presentation of nucleotide and amino acid sequence listings using eXtensible Markup Language (XML) with the members of the Task Force on Sequence Listings created by the Committee on WIPO Standards. See Request for Comments on the Recommendation for the Disclosure of Sequence Listings Using XML (Proposed ST.26), 77 Fed. Reg. 28541 (May 15, 2012), for additional information.