ST.26 2018 Update
Progress has continued on the finalization and implementation of ST.26.
From May 29th to June 2nd, 2017, the Committee of WIPO Standards (CWS) met to further discuss the now adopted Standard, with their attention refocused on its effectiveness and the transition period for implementing the new guidelines.
Prior to this meeting, minor revisions were made to the standard based on public consultations carried out by the USPTO, EPO and JPO. These revisions included:
• clarification of PNA/variant sequences,
• the addition of an exemplary guidance document, and
• the finalized controlled vocabulary for the feature tables.
During the meeting, the CWS adopted the revised standard and agreed to re-focus their attention to the transition from ST.25 to ST.26, hypothetically taking place in 2022. In addition to this, the task force will assist the International Bureau with ST.26 software that will be provided for the preparation and validation of XML Sequence Listings with the goal being to complete the development this year.
The CWS will meet again in mid-October to discuss the progress and next steps forward. Please visit our website for regular updates.