ST.26 Update

Harbor is Excited to Announce Our Expansion to the West Coast!

Tara Rix
Wednesday May 1st, 2019
It is with great anticipation and excitement that we announce Harbor’s second location, in the metropolitan city of Seattle, Washington! The satellite office, located in the historic Pike Place district, will provide the same high quality work product and outstanding customer service for which Harbor has been known for over 20+ years. Our Portsmouth, NH office will remain our headquarters, and our high-tech and integrated workspaces will benefit our existing and future clients around the globe.

Thank you for your continued support!

CWS' Sixth Session Recap

Katie Henderson
Tuesday Nov 27th, 2018
The Committee for WIPO Standards completed its Sixth Session at the end of October. On the agenda were various items pertaining to the adoption and transition to WIPO ST.26.

Various items have been decided upon, including:
• The transition will happen via the "big bang" scenario in January 2022.
• The International Bureau will develop a new common software tool for preparation and verification of Sequence Listings
• The Task Force will support the International Bureau with user requirements and feedback on the software.

The EPO, JPO, KIPO and USPTO have outlined their plans as we approach 2022 and many strategic changes need to happen over the next three years in order for implementation to be successful including ST.26 software development, software testing, analysis/revisions of current processes, and implementation. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Thanksgiving Schedule

Tara Rix
Tuesday Nov 20th, 2018
We will be closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all a Thanksgiving filled with joy and happiness!

Harbor is in Washington, DC for the AIPLA Annual Meeting!

Tara Rix
Friday Oct 26th, 2018
Move over politics, IP is in town! Please stop by Booth #22 to learn more about the latest developments to the new WIPO Standard, ST.26. We are also available to answer questions about current Sequence Listing rules, Sequence and Text Prior Art Searches, and other services we offer. We look forward to meeting with you!

ST.26 2018 Update

Katie Henderson
Friday Oct 5th, 2018
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.

WIPO Standard ST.26 Update

Friday Oct 28th, 2016
On Thursday, October 27th, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce published a Notice in the Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 208 titled "Standard ST.26 - Request for Comments on the Recommended Standard for the Presentation of Nucleotide and Amino Acid Sequence Listings Using XML (eXtensible Markup Language)".

New Year, New Standard?

Thursday Mar 5th, 2015
Will 2015 be the year that the new Sequence Listing standard (WIPO ST.26) goes into effect? It all depends on whether or not the Task Force, lead by the EPO, is able to provide a solution to the transitional aspect of enacting the standard.