2018 Spring Meeting

Announcement Description

​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.




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