Note: Applicants must provide 1) a paper copy of the sequence, 2) a computer-readable copy of the sequence, and 3) a statement that the paper copy and computer readable copy are identical with an application that discloses nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence. (See Biotechnology MPEP 2400)
Test takers report a question regarding how many and what kind of digital media you can submit with a gene sequence.
- Magnetic tape
- 8mm Data Cartridge
- Compact disc
- Magneto Optical Disk
- 2421.02 Summary of the Requirements of the Sequence Rules
- Basically, the sequence rules define a set of symbols and procedures that are both mandatory and the only way that an applicant is permitted to describe information about a sequence that falls within the definitions used in the rules. Thus, 37 CFR 1.821 defines a “sequence” and a “Sequence Listing” for the purpose of the rules, the requirements for specific symbols, and formats for the “Sequence Listing,” the requirement for a computer readable form (CRF) of the “Sequence Listing,” and the deadlines for complying with the requirements. 37 CFR 1.822 to 37 CFR 1.824 set forth detailed descriptions of the requirements that are mandatory for the presentation of sequence data, and 37 CFR 1.825 sets forth procedures that are available to an applicant in the event that amendments to the sequence information or replacement of the computer readable copy become necessary. The sequence rules embrace all unbranched nucleotide
- § 1.824 Form and format for nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence submissions in computer readable form.
- (a) The computer readable form required by § 1.821(e) shall meet the following requirements:
- (1) Diskette: 3.50 inch, 1.44 Mb storage; 3.50 inch, 720 Kb storage; 5.25 inch, 1.2 Mb storage; 5.25 inch, 360 Kb storage.
- (2) Magnetic tape: 0.5 inch, up to 24000 feet; Density: 1600 or 6250 bits per inch, 9 track; Format: Unix tar command; specify blocking factor (not “block size”); Line Terminator: ASCII Carriage Return plus ASCII Line Feed.
- (3) 8mm Data Cartridge: Format: Unix tar command; specify blocking factor (not “block size”); Line Terminator: ASCII Carriage Return plus ASCII Line Feed.
- (4) Compact disc: Format: ISO 9660 or High Sierra Format.
- (5) Magneto Optical Disk: Size/Storage Specifications: 5.25 inch, 640 Mb.