To further accelerate innovation in the health and medical fields, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a Federal Register Notice announcing a new program: The Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program.
Beginning on February 1, 2023, the new program expedites examination for a broad scope of technologies to prevent cancer and cancer mortality, in support of President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot. Patent applications pertaining to the qualifying technologies will be advanced out of turn for examination and will be reviewed earlier (accorded special status). The program is scheduled to run until either January 31, 2025, or the date by which the USPTO accepts a total of 1,000 grantable petitions (whichever is earlier).
“As a cancer survivor myself, I am proud of the work being done across federal agencies to reignite this effort," said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “Achieving the President's goals to end cancer as we know it largely depends on innovators and researchers to develop and patent new technological advancements. The Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program will help advance the work to do just that.” Read more