A key challenge for the post-World War II patent system is how to assess utility for chemical and pharmaceutical inventions…It is now time to eliminate utility as a condition of patentability. Patent law should be less concerned with useful inventions and more concerned with ensuring that the public gets a useful disclosure.SEAN SEYMORE - 'Making Patents Useful,' Minnesota Law Review
Visiting Professor 2011-2012
Hosted by Profs. Roe Smith and David Mindell, Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Sean Seymore is an Associate Professor of Law, an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and an Enterprise Scholar at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.
Prof. Seymore's dissertation “Polar Effects in Metal-Mediated Nitrogen and Oxygen Atom Transfer”--for which he synthesized several novel compounds--led to four peer-reviewed publications in Inorganic Chemistry, including this 2002 cover article.
Sean Seymore is an Associate Professor of Law and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Prof. Seymore serves as the faculty adviser to the Vanderbilt Law Review and was appointed the law school's first Enterprise Scholar in fall 2013.
His research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to advances in science and technology and how the intersection of law and science is critical to the formation of public policy.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Prof. Seymore taught at Washington & Lee and Northwestern and practiced patent law at Foley Hoag in Boston. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Tennessee (Tenneesse Scholar), a M.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Tech, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Notre Dame (Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellow), and a J.D. from Notre Dame (Allen Endowment Fellow).
As an MLK Visiting Professor, Prof. Seymore worked on current research projects relating to the disclosure function of the patent system and transformative proposals to promote the shared policy goals of science and patent law. He was hosted by Professors Roe Smith and David Mindell in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.