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Nanotechnology Practice News
Our Nanotechnology Practice is on the rise. During the past year we met and worked
with many nanotechnology industry leaders. To strengthen those relationships and
facilitate the exchange of nanotechnology information, we will be providing periodic updates on our
Nanotechnology Practice. This is the first such update.
In this first update, we have included a reprint of our article, entitled "Nanotechnology
Patents: A Snapshot of Nanotechnology Patenting Through an Analysis of 10
Top Nanotech Patents," which was published in December in Intellectual Property &
Technology Law Journal. In the article we review the prosecution histories of and analyze
ten top nanotech patents as identified by Nanotechnology Law and Business Journal. We
assess commentary that has raised issues and concerns related to nanotechnology IP. While the
sample size is small, we provide an objective glimpse into some of the issues and non-issues
impacting nanotechnology IP.
Having completed the above analysis, we have decided to embark on a more
comprehensive study that examines all of the nanotube patents issued in 2004.
Through this analysis we plan to study PTO examination trends, and consider such issues as how
enablement and size considerations are impacting examinations. We are aware of no other study
to review prosecution histories to objectively study how nanotechnology patents are being
examined. We will present preliminary results of the study at the 2005 NSTI
Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, California on May 12. See
www.nsti.org/Nanotech2005 for further information. If you will be there, let us know.
We are also pleased to announce that Don Featherstone and Michael Specht have been
selected to serve as Associate Editor and Advisory Board member, respectively of
Nanotechnology Law and