Scientists of all kinds will benefit from reading this excellent article from the open access journal, PLoS: Computational Biology. The authors, each of whom is well established in his field, offer ten simple rules that might help researchers protect their intellectual property. These include tips such as: Get Professional Help, Know Your (Intellectual Property) Rights, Think about Why You Want IP, Be Realistic about What You Can, and Cannot, Protect, Keep Your Idea Secret until You Have Filed a Patent Application, and others. Each rule is accompanied by several explanatory paragraphs that elucidate and clarify the points, making for an exceptionally useful list of advice for scientists that would like to protect their innovative work and develop it for the next phase of inquiry and results.
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