Important notice of 3 July 2023
on the entry into force of a new version of the standard for the representation of nucleotide and amino acid sequence listings in XML under Section 11(2) of the Patent Ordinance of 1 July 2023
On 1 July 2023, a new version of the standard for the representation of nucleotide and amino acid sequence listings in XML entered into force. It replaces the previous version which came into force on 1 July 2022 (BAnz AT 30.06.2022 B9).
The reason for the new regulation is a revision of the WIPO International Standard ST.26. Compared to the original version, it mainly contains editorial changes. An overview of these changes can be found on the website of WIPO.
The new version of the standard applies to all patent and utility model applications filed with the DPMA on or after 1 July 2023. It also applies to applications filed on or after 1 July 2023 that claim the priority of an application that was filed before 1 July 2023 and therefore still contains a sequence listing under the regulations in force until 30 June 2023. The new version of the standard also applies to divisional applications, even if the parent application was filed before 1 July 2023. For patent and utility model applications filed before 1 July 2023, the previous version of the standard as applicable until 30 June 2023 shall apply.
Last updated: 3 July 2023