Technology Center 1600 handles applications in the life sciences technology sector, including applications related to microbiology, immunology, cosmetics, and drugs. TC 1600 also handles plant patent applications.
Of all technology centers at the USPTO, TC 1600 is the most difficult. Its overall allowance rate of 60% is well below the USPTO average of 75%.
Below, we’ll pull back the curtain on several prosecution trends that have occurred in TC 1600 during the five-year period between 2014 and 2018.