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American Chemical Society AMA: I am Robert Koch, a resident partner in the Washington, D.C., and Munich, Germany, offices of Milbank, Ask me anything about science and intellectual property.
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Hi Reddit, I have more than 40 years of experience in patent an intellectual property litigation, including several landmark cases of pioneering biotechnology breakthroughs, revolutionary medical devices, and blockbuster pharmaceuticals. But before becoming a leading biotech and pharmaceutical patent attorney, I was a professional chemist. I went on to be a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and went on to serve as a scientific adviser on intellectual property issues at Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, during the formation of the European Patent Convention. I have represented start-up biotech firms and major U.S. and European chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Feel free to ask me anything about the intersection of science and the law, biotech/pharmaceutical patents, or scientific intellectual property. Later today, I’ll be hosting an ACS “Program in a box” Webinar on establishing and protecting your intellectual property. Feel free to ask questions about that, or tune in later here: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/program-in-a-box/pib-on-demand/protect-ip.html I’ll be back at 1 pm ET (10 am PT, 6 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask me anything! EDIT: Hi folks, this is ACS’s Reddit team speaking. Robert Koch’s flight was delayed, but he just landed and is making his way to a reliable internet connection as we speak. He’ll be online at 2 PM ET now to answer all of your questions. Sorry for the delay – keep sending those questions. Thanks! Greetings and sorry for the delay due to flight problems. I will run until 3 pm eastern and hopefully be able to supplement tomorrow. Have to run now but I’ll check back tomorrow.