By Tasha Witham
The future of Sequence Listing preparation: Will it include proposed WIPO ST. 26?
Tasha Witham is a Senior Technical Advisor at Harbor Consulting IP Services, Inc. with five
years of experience with Sequence Listing preparation and database searching. Ms. Witham may be reached at 800-318-3021
x 103, firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting
As stated in Part I of this article, an international task force was assembled in 2010 for the purpose
of creating a new, updated worldwide standard for the submission of Sequence Listings. The May 15, 2012, Federal
Register (Vol. 77, No. 94, 28541-28543) published a Request for Comments on the Recommendation for the Disclosure
of Sequence Listings Using XML (Proposed ST. 26) (“request”) and subsequently published numerous
public comments and questions regarding these proposed rules. These public comments outlined several potential
issues and limitations in the WIPO ST. 26 ("ST. 26") proposal. Due to the uncertainty of the final
rules, this article will focus on the change in Sequence Listing format, which will affect the submission of
all Sequence Listings submitted under ST. 26. Without concrete information regarding any future changes to ST.
26, the information presented in this article is a summary and analysis of available info...