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Chemical Practice

The business of chemistry is essential to our everyday lives and worldwide in scope.  Advances in chemistry spur new products that benefit our health, productivity, and safety and chemical innovations drive economic growth.  As such, our mission is to serve our members whose work provokes and hastens ground-breaking discoveries in chemistry and launches them into emerging technologies.  We strive to help our members achieve their business goals through education, mentoring and providing variety of resources.  We seek to assist our policy leaders in maintaining an intellectual property system that stimulates and rewards innovation, and works in harmony, on a global level, with other economic systems.  We strive to serve the public by promoting healthy competition and basic fairness in all we do.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Please see our committee leadership cornercommittee activities​, and our committee announcements and calendar (below) for additional information about the AIPLA Chemical Practice Committee.

The AIPLA Chemical Practice Committee is organized into a number of Subcommittees (a link to each subcommittee subpage is provided below):

For updates to the subcommittee site, please contact Microsite Subcommittee Chair Wan Chieh (Jenny) Lee (

 Committee Announcements

Announcement Description

​The AIPLA Chemical Practice Committee is requesting CLE for our committee meeting at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting. The 2018 Midwinter Meeting will be from January 24—27, 2018 at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, CA. The AIPLA room block sells out early so if you want to received the AIPLA rate of $290, make your reservations early! The room block cut-off is January 2, 2018.

The topic is How to Win-Win with a Unitary Patent System and Innovation in Europe.

The topic will be presented by:

Dr. Holger Tostmann
Patentanwalt (German patent attorney)
European patent attorney
Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann
Munich, Germany


Dr. Matthew Barton
UK chartered patent attorney
European patent attorney
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.


​The Spring Meeting will be held from May 15-17, 2018, at the Westin Seattle, in Seattle, Washington. The topic of the Chemical Practice Committee will be titled “Welcome to the Machine: The Impact of the Application of Computational Techniques and Artificial Intelligence to the Chemical Arts.” The unpredictability of the chemical arts has long been appreciated in patent law (In re Fisher, 427 F.2d 833, 839 (CCPA 1971)). This is particularly evident in the analysis of enablement (Allergan, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., 796 F.3d 1293 (Fed. Cir. 2015)) and obviousness (KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc., 550 U.S. 398 (2007)). Once the sole province of serendipity, human genius, and empirical observation, the chemical arts are being impacted by the application of computational techniques and artificial intelligence. Although far from perfected, reports suggest that significant advancements in the application of computational techniques may increase the predictability of some chemical properties (See: Fuqiang Ben, et al., J. Chem. Inf. Model., 57, 1018 (2017)). Additionally, advances in the application of artificial intelligence technologies are reported to have aided in the selection of molecules for evaluation as pharmaceuticals (Daniela Hernandez, The Ways AI Is Transforming Drug Development, The Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2017)). This session will explore how these emerging applications of technology may impact inventorship, ownership, enablement and obviousness in the chemical arts.


 Committee Calendar

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