What You Need To Know About Patenting Chemical Inventions: Subject Matter Eligibility, Obviousness Requirement, and Regulatory Updates

March 25, 2015
Denver, CO

Partner Shelley C. Danek Ph.D. and Associate Kimberly L. Berkowski, Ph.D. will present, “Patenting Chemical Inventions” at the 2015 American Chemical Society National Meeting, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 25, 2015, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

  • Dr. Danek will cover “Patent Eligible Subject Matter in the Chemical Arts,” an update on the recently issued guidelines that significantly restrict subject matter eligibility for chemical inventions, and provide strategies to navigate these new guidelines.
  • Dr. Berkowski's talk, “Examination of the Obviousness Requirement for Patenting Chemical Compounds,” will provide an analysis of the obviousness requirement for patenting chemical compounds in view of recent Federal Circuit decisions.

Also presenting during this session:

  • Jeffrey Hayes of The Procter and Gamble Company – “You Discovered Something New in the Lab…Now What?”
  • Michael Carr of the University of Colorado Boulder – “Technology Transfer and Industry Collaborations: A New Era in Cooperative and Sponsored Research”

The American Chemical Society is the world's largest society for chemical professionals. This 249th ACS National Meeting and Exposition provides a chance to connect with thousands of chemical professionals wanting to explore the overarching multidisciplinary theme of Chemistry of Natural Resources. The five day meeting is packed with learning opportunities that will enrich your experience and cultivate new ideas and new contacts. 

About the speakers:

Shelley Danek, Ph.D. advances and secures the value of patents and intellectual property portfolios for clients developing pharmaceutical, biotech and nanotech products, including startup firms, international corporations and universities. Clients rely on Dr. Danek's understanding of their technologies and her assiduous attention to their businesses, qualities developed from her advanced study and research in chemistry and postdoctoral research in RNA interference.

Kimberly Berkowski, Ph.D. prosecutes patent applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and polymer/material sciences. Her technical research and teaching background enable her to work seamlessly with scientists and lay persons alike to produce quality work and favorable results. She has extensive bench experience with the synthesis, characterization, and application of small molecules, polymers, peptides, and biomaterials. Dr. Berkowski also brings exceptional technical communication skills that she cultivated during her years of teaching in academia.

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