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Part of the Process

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.

"Patent attorneys usually approach situations with a different mindset than researchers do," he says. While researchers may consider the technicalities of an invention, patent attorneys are typically more interested in "how your competitors will try to legally get around your patent and develop something very similar," Borchardt says.

It's important that researchers understand the patenting process, Borchardt adds. For their part, patent attorneys "may ask questions leading to the inventor to perform additional experiments to broaden the scope of the invention and to support the patent claims that define the invention," he says — that's all part of the process.

The Scan

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in in human genomic research, and more.

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.