QUESTION: With a new proven biotech device, would you patent with the limited bio understanding now or wait until research reveals details?

ANSWER: There is always a trade-off. Generally, you want to file your patent application as early as possible to get the earliest filing date. This is because a patent goes to the “first to file”. On the other hand, you want your patent application to be as complete as possible, including experimental data that shows your invention works.

For many inventions, research will always continue, such as to make improvements. However, one cannot wait for the research to be complete, as the research may never be complete.