The Committee on Patents and Related Matters (“CPRM”) is a joint Board – Council Committee. Both the Board and the Council call upon CPRM to study and make recommendations on matters of importance to the ACS. Intellectual property rights are an integral component to innovation. In turn, innovation has been a major component to the health and growth of the U.S. chemical enterprise.
CPRM focuses on three main areas: educating ACS members about intellectual property issues important to the chemical enterprise; nominating chemists for national awards to recognize the innovations and contributions to society of chemists; and monitoring legislative and regulatory developments influencing intellectual property. CPRM serves as an important part of the ACS Strategic Plan
CPRM closely monitors proposed changes in intellectual property law analyzes how these proposed changes would impact ACS members and the chemical enterprise.
CPRM seeks to highlight and acknowledge the intellectual property contributions of chemists and others working in the chemical enterprise. To this end, CPRM recommends nominations chemists for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the National Inventors Hall of Fame , and the National Women’s Hall of Fame . To suggest someone for these honors, please email the CPRM staff liaison, David T. Smorodin.
Recently, the National Women’s Hall of Fame honored Dr. Helen Free.
ACS and the Committee on Patents and Related Matters is Proud to Recognize these Legends of Chemistry:
The Honorable Pauline Newman
Dr. Esther San Takeuchi
Here are some of the other memorable chemical professionals recognized by these organizations: