Are Patent Offices Ready for Personalized Medicine?

01 March 2009 Publication

Bio-IT World

Foley Senior Counsel R. Brian McCaslin authored an article titled "Are Patent Offices Ready for Personalized Medicine?" in the March/April 2009 issue of Bio-IT World. McCaslin discusses the unique challenges to the patent system presented by new sciences such as personalized medicine, stating that innovators seeking to patent new sciences should consider adapting their prosecution strategy to the current administrative landscape. He adds that innovators should consider postponing the filing date of an application until more information about the new science can be obtained.