At the American Chemical Society Careers blog, John Borchardt says that "working effectively with patent attorneys can both increase the number of patents you are awarded and improve their quality." To initiate an effective working relationship with patent attorneys, Borchardt suggests getting to know a bit more about their goals, and about the patenting process.

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