October 03, 2019 Feature

Small Changes, Big Opportunity: Nanotechnology and Intellectual Property Law

By Brian Reese, PhD, JD, MBA, and Michael Schmitt, PhD

Nanotechnology (NT) research, development, and funding has risen sharply since 2000. In this country alone, there has been more than $27 billion in funding in NT through the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).1 Unsurprisingly, the significant financial resources devoted to the development of NT have led to a corresponding growth in patent applications intended to protect inventions in the field.

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