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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 offering a 1-hour CLE Education Session at the 2018 Midwinter Institute.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 -- 3:45PM to 4:45PM, Salon de Flores 4-5 at the La Quinta Resort and Club 

Topic: "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

For additional information, please see the Chemical Practice Committee's Committee Activities subpage.



​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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  2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
  2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
  2018 Mid-Winter Institute CLE Educational Session: How to Win-Win with a Unitary Patent System and Innovation in Europe
  2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
  2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute