Porta Sophia Files Third-Party Preissuance Submission for Mind Medicine, Inc. U.S. Patent Application 18/186,764

Psychedelic prior art library presents six documents challenging patentability of all claims

MADISON, WI USA (January 12, 2024) Porta Sophia filed two third-party preissuance submissions with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for U.S. Pat. App. Ser. No. 18/186,764 and U.S. Pat. App. Ser. No. 18/186,494, both entitled “MDMA ENANTIOMERS”, which are currently assigned to Mind Medicine, Inc. The submissions consisted of six prior art documents that are material to the patentability of 34 claims which were identical in the two applications.

Porta Sophia, a non-profit psychedelic prior art library, leverages the experience of legal and interdisciplinary academic scholars to promote an ethical psychedelic patenting landscape that preserves the integrity of the public domain. The organization curates and makes relevant historical documentation readily available for anyone wanting to explore the scope of psychedelic technologies, including patent examiners.

Patent application: R-MDMA enantiomer to treat broad range of disorders

The ’764 and ’494 applications with identical claims were both filed on March 20, 2023 and claim priority to the same provisional application filed on May 5, 2021. It describes a composition of R(-) enantiomer of MDMA or MDA for use in psychotherapeutic treatment of a broad range of disorders including PTSD, anxiety, autism, addiction, depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia, OCD and more. The applications also claim a broad dosage range, prodrug form, release formulation, and a broad range of delivery methods.

Prior art in the third-party preissuance submission included publications from peer reviewed journals, web pages, and U.S. patent documents. This prior art anticipates claims in the ’764 and ’494 applications. The full third-party submission documentations is available here.

Third-party submissions of prior art

United States patent law allows third parties to submit prior art and concise descriptions of their relevance to the USPTO. Documents submitted may be considered in the examination of that patent application. In addition, these submissions have a broad impact because applicants have a duty to disclose the prior art submitted against a single patent application for other relevant patent applications filed by the applicant.

Porta Sophia tracks and analyzes psychedelic patent applications globally. If an application improperly claims innovation of something known in the public domain and meets the standards of Porta Sophia's third party intervention evaluation criteria, the team assembles evidence against these invalid claims and contests them directly to the relevant patent office through third-party interventions.

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About Porta Sophia

Porta Sophia, meaning doorway to wisdom, is a non-profit psychedelic prior art library created to support good patents in the field of psychedelics. Based in Madison, Wisconsin USA, Porta Sophia identifies scientific, historical and cultural prior art in common and uncommon spaces and brings it together in one simple search tool for innovators and patent reviewers. The organization's mission is to protect the public domain, stimulate innovation, and support good patents to assure psychedelic therapies can one day be available at scale to the people who need them.

Porta Sophia works to support equity in the psychedelic field. The organization facilitates community engagement through encouraging submissions of prior art from the public and organizing an interdisciplinary Archival Researcher Network (ARN) to ensure quality psychedelic prior art is readily available to patent applicants, examiners, and those interested in psychedelic research.

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