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Committee Activities

2018 AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Chemical Practice, Emerging Technologies and Electronics and Computer Law Committees Joint CLE Educational Session

Powering Our Future with the Future of Power: Emerging Trends in Charging Technologies

This session will address electrical energy storage technologies and related intellectual property legal issues. We hope you’re as energized about this topic as we are. It should be an electrifyingly good time. ​​

For additional details, please see thProfessional Programs Subcommittee Page.

2018 AIPLA Spring Meeting, Westin Seattle, Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 3:30 - 5:30 PM PDT

Chemical Practice / Patent Agents Committees Joint CLE Educational Session

Welcome to The Machine: The Impact of The Application of Computational Techniques and Artificial Intelligence to The Chemical Arts​

Panelists discussed the current state of the computational chemistry, virtual research and simulated biological systems and the challenges of AI inventions on the patent system.  What is the invention? When does it occur? Who owns it?  They engaged in an interactive discussion with the audience regarding the relationship between patent eligibility, predictability, and obviousness, enablement and written description for these types of inventions.  

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Angela Sebor, Ph.D.
Tolmar, Inc., Fort Collins, CO

Part I: The Current State of the Technical Art of Computational Chemistry, Virtual Reactors and Simulated Biological Systems
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Martha S. Head (Marti), Ph.D.
Director, Joint Institute of Biological Sciences 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 

Part II: Invention and Inventorship Using AI:  What is the “Invention,” When Does It Occur, and Who Owns It?
Finnegan Henderson, Washington, D.C.

Part III: AI and Patentability - Understanding the Relationship Between Patent Eligibility, Predictability vs. Obviousness, Enablement and Written Description in the Chemical Arts

Stanton Consulting Services, LLC, Alachua FL

Part IV: The Challenges of AI Inventions:  A Moderated Panel Discussion

For additional details, please see thProfessional Programs Subcommittee Page.​

2018 AIPLA Spring Meeting, Westin Seattle, Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00-9:00 AM PDT

AIPLA Corporate Practice Committee Breakfast

At the Spring Meeting, on Tuesday May 15 from 7 to 9 am at the Corporate Committee Breakfast Meeting, our vice chair of the Chemical Practice Committee, Roy Issac, counsel for Allergan, provided a committee update and his own perspective on the state of chemical patent practice.

Roy spoke to the Corporate Practice Committee at their breakfast meeting regarding our committee updates and things that we are watching as chemical practitioners.   While chemical practice is a specialty practice, the industries served are expansive as many new innovations in consumer products start with technological advances in the use of raw materials, chemical processing and/or changes to chemical composition.  We welcome participation of our committee members in educating, mentoring and networking with others who serve different industries, particularly those whose work touches on chemical innovation in consumer products and processes of producing the same.

A copy of Roy's presentation is provided below.

Speaker Materials:

AIPLA Meet the Presidents at University of Houston Law Center
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12PM
University of Houston Law Center Room 209 BLB

Past Presidents of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Meg Boulware and Sharon Israel, spoke on March 6, 2018 at the general meeting of the Intellectual Property Student Organization at University of Houston. The program was moderated by Kyrie Cameron​ from Patterson Sheridan​​.

A summary of this event is provided on the Law Students Subcommittee Page​.

AIPLA President 1998-1999
Boulware and Valoir
AIPLA President 2014-2015
Shook, Hardy and Bacon
​Moderated by Kyrie Cameron​, Patterson Sheridan​
​The event was sponsored by the law firms of Patterson Sheridan​ and Nielsen IP Law​.

Presented by AIPLA Law Students and Chemical Practice Committees with the Intellectual Property Student Organization at University of Houston.​​​​​​

2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 3:45PM-4:45PM
Chemical Practice CLE Educational Session

Salon de Flores 4-5, La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta CA

Panel Discussion: "How to Win-Win with a Unitary Patent System and Innovation In Europe"


Patentanwalt (German patent attorney)
European patent attorney
Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann -- Munich, Germany

UK chartered patent attorney
European patent attorney
Forresters -- Munich, Germany
Topic Overview: 
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court aims to strengthen and simplify the patenting procedure in Europe, thereby benefitting inventors and innovators seeking protection for their IP investment. The Unitary Patent will provide blanket protection across 26 EU member states – a unified market of around 400 million people. The Unified Patent Court will handle validity and infringement of these Unitary Patents and ultimately European patents too, in a single forum providing legal certainty and avoiding costly parallel litigation. This session will discuss the proposed operation of the new systems as well as providing an update of the latest status, including an explanation of the delays caused by Brexit in the UK and the constitutional complaint filed in Germany. Most importantly we will look into how the unitary systems will benefit the chemical industry, whether the aims of the systems are achievable, and what potential problems might arise with a unified patent regime.​​
For a summary of this panel, as well as presentation and written materials from the speakers, please see the International Education Subcommittee Page.
2017 AIPLA Annual Meeting: Friday, October 20, 2017
Chemical Practice/IP Practice in Latin America (Joint Meeting)

Panel Discussion: “Speed of Prosecution: For When You Need (or Don’t Need) Patent Rights”

Ignacio Sanchez, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gustavo Morais, Danneman Siemsen – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oscar Isler, Estudio Villaseca – Santiago, Chile 
Andy Harding, Forresters  London, United Kingdom
Dr. Manuel Lopez, Uhthoff  – Mexico City, Mexico


A summary of this event and presentation materials from the speakers are provided on the International Education Subcommittee Page​.