Tech Center 1600 — Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry

Groups in Tech Center 1600

1610 Organic Compounds: Bio-affecting, Body Treating, Drug Delivery, Steroids, Herbicides, Pesticides, Cosmetics, and Drugs 43%
1620 Organic Chemistry 62%
1630 Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Nucleic Acids, Recombinant DNA and RNA, Gene Regulation, Nucleic Acid Amplification, Animals and Plants, Combinatorial/ Computational Chemistry 48%
1640 Immunology, Receptor/Ligands, Cytokines Recombinant Hormones, and Molecular Biology 51%
1650 Fermentation, Microbiology, Isolated and Recombinant Proteins/Enzymes 52%
1660 Plants 84%
1670 Process, Nucleac acid, Protein, Carbohydrate Chemistries and Diagnostics 64%

Histogram of Examiner Grant Rates

Below is a weighted histogram (by number of cases) of the 3-year grant rates of the examiners in TC 1600. The average is 56% and the standard deviation is 21%.


Comparison with USPTO

TC 1600's grant rate is lower than that of the USPTO.


Grant Rate Timeline

Below is the grant rate timeline for TC 1600, where the timeline is relative to the date of the first office action. The three-year grant rate is the percentage of applications granted at three years after the first office action.


Tech Center 1600 Appeals Statistics

Appeal Outcomes — Should I Appeal?

Of the 16143 appeals for TC 1600, 5252 have outcomes for comparison. We excluded 5071 appeals that ended with an RCE or abandonment and 5820 appeals that are still pending.

Of the 5252 appeals with outcomes:

  • 45% had good outcomes (2342 appeals) where the examiner was reversed or affirmed in part or the examiner otherwise allowed claims
  • 26% had neutral outcomes (1353 appeals) where prosecution was reopened
  • 30% had bad outcomes (1557 appeals) where the examiner was affirmed

TC 1600 Appeal Outcomes


PTAB Decisions — Should I let the Board Decide?

Of the 16143 appeals for TC 1600, 2262 included decisions by the PTAB:

  • 24% reversed the examiner (541 decisions)
  • 7% affirmed the examiner in part (164 decisions)
  • 69% affirmed the examiner (1557 decisions)

TC 1600 PTAB Decisions


Pre-Appeal Conference Decisions — Should I request a PAC?

Of the 16143 appeals for TC 1600, 3021 included pre-appeal conference decisions:

  • 13% withdrew rejections (403 decisions)
  • 17% reopened prosecution (508 decisions)
  • 70% proceeded to appeal (2110 decisions)

TC 1600 PAC Decisions


Disclaimer: We do not provide any guarantees as to the accuracy of the statistics presented above and under
no circumstances will we be liable for any outcome resulting from your reliance on the above statistics.