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U.S. is Global Leader Again in Nanotech Patents - New Research Report

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The U.S. has a reputation for being at the head of the innovation line, particularly when it comes to technology, a status the nation has maintained for over a century. But, whether the U.S. will remain the global leader in the growing field of nanotechnology is the subject of a new research report by Intellectual Property lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery.

Entitled, “Intellectual Property in the Next Technology Revolution: How Does the United States Stack Up?” the report provides a detailed analysis of the 2012 nanotechnology patent literature. This year’s findings, outlined in McDermott’s second annual nanotechnology report, reveal that the U.S. has, in fact, maintained the lead.

Key Highlights of 2012:

  • U.S.-based companies are the top assignees in nanotechnology patent literature, with emphases in the Computers and Electronics, Materials, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Metrology and Instrumentation, and Energy sectors.
  • In total, the volume of nanotechnology patent literature published in 2012 was 3% greater than that of 2011, including approximately 550 more U.S. patents being granted in 2012 compared to 2011.
  • The United States again leads the world in nanotechnology patent literature, which is an indicator of nanotechnology innovation.
  • Eastern Asia, especially China and South Korea, have seen some of the greatest growth in nanotechnology patent literature over the last decade.

The full report offers a comprehensive view of U.S. and international nanotechnology growth, regional leaders in nanotechnology innovation, top assignees in 2012 and technology trends broken down by industry.

The full report can be viewed here:

McDermott's Intellectual Property practice comprises more than 200 lawyers and patent agents working in offices throughout the world. The Firm is consistently ranked as one of the most active firms for patent litigation (both trial and appellate), ITC litigation, patent prosecution and trademarks, and is one of the top 10 law firms for nanotech patent applications and filings today.

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