Just some words about #scientists and #attorneys, #lawyers. Sure, if you are a #lawyer and deal with #patents, you need a #scientist or a #patent attorney around. The best way is a Patent attorney and a Scientist in one. But …
Be careful with scientists in the patent sphere. I can tell you that. Because maybe you know, maybe not, I’m a #chemist with an international experience, publications and awards, so I’m the scientist and I know what I’m writing about.
Scientists are very specific specialists in a very narrow field. For example, I’m #chemist – my field is organic and coordination chemistry and synthesis – it is #pharmaceutical, #food and #agrochemical domains, but I know nothing in metallurgy, virusology, plastic…. I can’t make any searches and researches in the field of metallurgy, plastics etc., as well as metallurgist, analytic, polymer specialists, despite they are chemists with diplomas in #chemistry, can’t make any searches and researches in my field, because they know maybe something about it, but it is not enough.
And sure I can’t make search and research in biology.
What I may say about biologists and others scientists to invite them for #FTO substance search… The friend of mine, she is a lawyer, said, that biologist from very prestige institute will make #FTO and #patentability searches for organic molecules and synthesis…
By this message I just want to say: Dear, don’t do this.
I know and respect biologists, I worked with biologists, I studied with them, we are friends, I made a lot of interviews for positions in my research department, because we serve the large pharmaceutical companies. I know, that they can’t make professional search for substance in chemistry. Biologists are specialists in Biology, may be the best in the world, but in Biology. Their basic degree doesn’t include normal course of organic chemistry and normal, even basic, chemical synthesis. Giving a task to non-specialist to make a #Patentability search or #FTO search for #chemicalsubstance means worse, than to do nothing. Because of the mistakes you can’t check, without global analysis. And with time, the client will not be happy. And it may affect reputation. I think, that reputation is one of the most important things for us, Patent attorneys.
I’m writing this, because I watched a lot of situations, when #lawyers believed to #scientists, because of just diplomas in any kinds of science. But your scientist has to be a specialist in the specific sphere, which you need for your task. We, I mean scientists, have our own specific knowledge. And that’s all. Metallurgist is a chemist, but he/she knows nothing about organic chemistry.
Wish you to avoid not_yours mistakes:)