Law - Sequence Listing(s)

Care must be taken in following sequence listing format rules given in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). In the typical case of a biotechnology invention involving molecular biology or genetic engineering, the following sequence information may be appropriate for inclusion an invention disclosure, if applicable:

Sequence of any probe(s,)
Sequence of any known protein(s), and
Preferred regulatory sequence(s).

The position of the USPTO on this issue is described in the following section(s) of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP):

MPEP 2420 - The Requirements for Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequence and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures-the Sequence Rules
MPEP 2421.01 - Applications Affected
MPEP 2421.02 - Summary of the Requirements of the Sequence Rules
MPEP 2422 - Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures in Patent Applications
MPEP 2422.01 - Definitions of Nucleotide and/or Amino Acids for the Purpose of Sequence Rules
MPEP 2422.02 - The Requirement for Exclusive Conformance; Sequences Presented in Drawing Figures
MPEP 2422.03 - The Requirments for a Sequence Listing and Sequence Identifiers; Sequences Embedded in Application Text; Variants of a Presented Sequence
MPEP 2422.04 - The Requirement for a Computer Readable Copy of the Official Paper Copy of the Sequence Listing
MPEP 2423 - Symbols and Format to be Used for Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Data
MPEP 2423.01 - Format and Symbols to be Used in Sequence Listings
MPEP 2423.02 - Depiction of Coding Regions
MPEP 2423.03 - Presentation and Enumeration of Sequences
MPEP 2424 - Requirements for Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequences as Part of the Application Papers
MPEP 2424.01 - Informational Requirements for the Sequence Listing
MPEP 2424.02 - Categories of Information Items
MPEP 2424.03 - Additional Miscellaneous Requirements
MPEP 2425 - Form and Format for Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Submissions in Computer Readable Form
MPEP 2429 - Helpful Hints for Compliance
MPEP 2431 - Sample Sequence Listing

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