Reference Check: A Simple Strategy to Improve Drug Patent Quality

Posted: 28 Jun 2022 Last revised: 20 Aug 2022

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S. Sean Tu

West Virginia University College of Law; Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL), Brigham and Women's Hospital; Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Dennis David Crouch

University of Missouri School of Law

Aaron S. Kesselheim

Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Date Written: June 24, 2022

Abstract

Applicants have been submitting a high number of references for the most valuable pharmaceutical patents. The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) should increase costs associated with patent applications with more than 50 references and require applicants submit claim charts for all references.

This article is available at: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/forefront.20220615.404330

Keywords: USPTO, patent, pharmaceutical, orange book, patent examination, PTO

Suggested Citation

Tu, Shine (Sean) and Crouch, Dennis D. and Kesselheim, Aaron S., Reference Check: A Simple Strategy to Improve Drug Patent Quality (June 24, 2022). WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-012 Health Affairs Forefront https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/forefront.20220615.404330, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4145932

Shine (Sean) Tu (Contact Author)

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