Scott Bloomer is the Director of Technical Services at AOCS. Before coming to AOCS, Bloomer worked for a major research department drafting, filing and defending patents and carrying out freedom-to-operate studies. After several years working in fats and oils research labs he became a Registered US Patent Agent. He understands patents from both the inventor's scientific perspective and the legal perspective, and how to interpret between them. He presents a list of patents relevant to AOCS members in the AOCS trade journal INFORM in a column that has run for 17 years.