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2 types of patents covered by the Cancer Moonshot program

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Intellectual Property

The United States invested heavily in scientific research and development to beat the Russians and all other nations to the moon. The coordinated efforts that made that achievement possible continue to inspire patent policies to this day. A few years ago, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program to incentivize cancer research. 

From 2016 until the end of January 2023, businesses developing numerous different cancer-related technologies qualified for expedited patent processing. The USPTO recently announced a new patent program inspired by the original moonshot and the prior immunotherapy pilot program. 

The Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program seeks to revolutionize the way that physicians fight cancer by helping speed up the process of intellectual property protections for cutting-edge new developments. The new Cancer Moonshot Initiative actually offers expedited processing options to businesses seeking to prosecute patents in two distinct areas. What are the main areas of focus for the Cancer Moonshot Initiative? 

Technologies related to oncology

New medical concepts that assist in treating, diagnosing or preventing cancer are a focal point of the Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program. Any patent applications related to immunotherapy drugs might qualify for expedited processing

Treatments that focus on targeting genetic markers and mutations, new pharmaceutical drugs intended for rare or pediatric cancers, medical devices intended to detect or treat cancer and other unique cancer treatment and diagnostic innovations might qualify for expedited patent processing under this program, which could be beneficial for countless cancer patients. 

Nicotine addiction technology

Tobacco use has long been one of the top risk factors for various forms of cancer. Despite increased public awareness about the risks of tobacco and nicotine, many people still use these dangerous products. 

The intensity of the addiction caused by nicotine is partially to blame for the number of people who continue smoking or using tobacco products despite knowing the risks involved. The new Cancer Moonshot Initiative offers expedited patent processing for technology that may assist in addressing nicotine addiction and helping people fully terminate tobacco use. 

Medical researchers and businesses in adjacent industries may have ideas or discoveries uncovered through research that may qualify for expedited processing. Speeding up the patent prosecution process by accessing special patent programs can be beneficial for organizations involved in research and development. Professionals tracking up-to-date information about patent programs may be in the best position to protect a company’s innovative concepts or technology.