Contributed by Caroline Trupp Gil
To assist patent examiners at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) keep current on latest developments in the chemical sciences, OPA staff partnered with members of the ACS Chemical Society of Washington to arrange 5 speakers to participate in a USPTO Technology Day held July 28. Speakers from Case Western Reserve, Bristol Myers Squibb, the University of Maryland (2), and The Ohio State University spoke on the state of the art on topics such as polymers, batteries, mass spectrometry, and electrophoresis and electrochromatography. The speaker roster included an ACS Expert, and a member of the ACS Committee on Patents & Related Matters. Initial reports from the patent examiners indicate the speakers were well received; OPA staff, CSW and CPRM volunteers are working on further evaluation and whether the effort is worth repeating.
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