Porta Sophia Files Third Party Observation and Submission for Pike Therapeutics Inc. Application PCT/IB2022/057210 and 17/879,846

Psychedelic prior art library presents 20 documents challenging patentability of all claims

MADISON, WI USA (June 21, 2023) Porta Sophia filed a observation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today for International Patent Application Number PCT/IB2022/057210 entitled “Transdermal Micro-Dosing Delivery of Pharmaceutical Agents”, which is currently assigned to Pike Therapeutics Inc. The submission consisted of 20 prior art documents that are material to the patentability of 67 claims of the application.

Concurrently, Porta Sophia filed a third-party preissuance submission with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on June 01, 2023 for U.S. Pat. App. Ser. No. 17/879,846 also assigned to Pike Therapeutics Inc with similar claims.

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: transdermal administration of sub-hallucinogenic dosages of psychedelics

The ’846 and PCT application were filed on August 03, 2022 and claims priority to provisional applications filed on August 03, 2021 and March 28, 2022. It describes the method of transdermal administration of sub-hallucinogenic dosages of psilocybin, LSD, ibogaine, CBD and/or THC. The application also claims using the pharmaceutical composition to treat a broad range of disorders including depression, pain, anxiety, MS, OCD, PTSD, addiction and more. Also claimed are broad range of dosages regimen and delivery methods.

Prior art in the third-party preissuance submission included publications from peer reviewed journal publications and U.S. and international patent documents. This prior art anticipates claims in the ’846 and PCT application. The full third-party submission documentation is available here and the third party observation documentation 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. WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty guidelines allow third parties to submit prior art and concise descriptions of their relevance to the WIPO. These processes ensure that the documents submitted will 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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