The emergence of big data and machine learning has enabled new avenues for scientific discovery and innovation in all industries. However, protecting innovations that stem from computer-based learning and complex algorithms face increased scrutiny at patent offices around the world. In our May seminar, Dr. Valerie Moore talked about how patenting can work to protect inventions in these areas, and the challenges in framing inventions so that they meet legal patentability requirements where the inventors want patent protection. This seminar was an excellent introduction to the complexities of the global patent landscape and a the contributions that a chemist can make as a patent agent.
Valerie Moore is a registered patent agent with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Houston, and a past Chair of the ACS-GHS. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry, with a physical-organic chemistry and nanotechnology focus, and M.A. in chemistry from Rice University. Her experience is in the areas of nanotechnology, materials engineering, supramolecular science, analytical methods, surface science, chemistry and biotechnology.