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On Tuesday, the US Senate voted to approve a bill that would change the US patent system into one that more closely resembles the standard used by the rest of the world, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Goldie Blumenstyk. "If enacted, the changes could pressure researchers to publish new findings more quickly than they would otherwise, in order to preserve their intellectual-property rights," she adds.

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