2023 Pre-Conference Workshop I

Sunday, May 14, 2023

2:00 pm PDT

Psychedelics & Patents: Different Views Through the Looking-Glass

Most will agree that patents are necessary for drug development, because without the reward of exclusivity, the investment in trials can be impossible to justify, and new drugs may never reach the market. But how can strong IP be built around known psychedelic compounds, or even variations of them, especially in a crowded field with many close competitors, with significant uncertainties around REMS—and in view of controversies around whether patents should be granted on psychedelics at all? How can a patent strategy be best designed to account for these difficulties, while taking advantage of regulatory exclusivities and other incentive mechanisms to bring innovative therapeutics into the clinic and to patients?

In this workshop, we will address these questions from multiple perspectives across the field: as patent prosecutors, as regulatory law practitioners, as protectors of the public domain, and as investors, and we will consider the impact of the answers on researchers, companies, and the patients who hope to ultimately benefit from psychedelic therapeutics.

Learning Objectives:

⇒ What are the legal requirements for a patent, and how are they applied
⇒ How can patent applicants and IP counsel best navigate the examination process
⇒ How can one understand the prior art landscape (and ensure patent examiners do too)
⇒ What options exist to challenge problematic applications and granted patents 
⇒ What strategies should companies and investors take with IP due diligence 
⇒ How can companies and investors analyze and minimize freedom-to-operate risks

Workshop Leaders
Graham Pechenik, JD
Graham Pechenik, JDFounder, Patent Attorney
Calyx Law
Greg Dwulet
Greg DwuletPatent Agent
Calyx Law
Shahin Shams
Shahin ShamsData Curator
Porta Sophia
Matt Zorn
Matt ZornPartner
Yetter Coleman
Matias Serebrinsky
Matias SerebrinskyCo-Founder
Psymed Ventures

About Us

Arrowhead Conferences offer an experience that encompasses learning, networking and professional growth. We focus on bringing life sciences industry professionals together to help move research forward.


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