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Energy Innovation With Nanoparticles

Grid Logic Incorporated of Lapeer is developing a low-cost superconducting wire for electric utility application. Using a new manufacturing technique, it will embed very fine particles into metals to induce superconductivity....more

Update on Nanotechnology Class 977 Patent Filings in 2013 – the Patent Race Slows an Ounce?

2013 is flying by, remarkably fast, so it was time to check how the class 977 patent filings are coming for the new year. Last year provided a record 4,098 nanotechnology publications. ...more

Myriad’s Impact on Nanotechnology? Nanotechnology’s Impact on Myriad??

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Myriad Genetics v. Association for Molecular Pathology litigation. The patent world is watching, particularly those who focus on emerging technologies. On...more

One More Patent Jungle – This Time in Nanotechnology?

I saw this recent article on the “nanotechnology patent jungle.” The article refers to another recent article on the subject of making nanotechnology research “open-source.”...more

Nanomedicine Showing its Value … And the Press is Noticing

The Economist, one of the more worthy media sources these days for connecting technology to larger society, included a page on nanomedicine in its special issue, “The World in 2013.” (page 128)....more

Nanotechnology And Asbestos: Informing Industry’s Approach To Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide, And Nanosilver

With greater knowledge comes greater responsibility, and greater liability. When it comes to nanotechnology, our ability to understand the potential risks is unprecedented, thanks in part to the asbestos mass tort experience....more

Learning From Germany re Advanced Manufacturing, Including 3-D Printing and Nanotechnology

In Germany this week on business which has me thinking about some things related to Germany. For example, what can we learn from Germany and their relative economic success, including energy policy and manufacturing?...more

2012 Remarkable Year for U.S. Nanotechnology Patenting – Over 4,000 Nanotechnology Applications Published

The nanotechnology patent filing boom continues. In 2012, the USPTO published 4,098 nanotechnology class 977 applications, which represents a 19.2% increase over last year....more

Momentum for Additive Manufacturing Continues to Grow: USPTO Customer Partnership Meeting Announced

Momentum for “additive manufacturing” (aka “3D printing”) continues to grow. The USPTO recently announced a customer partnership meeting to be held on January 23, 2013....more

Nanotechnology: “What About the Next 60 Years?” (OSTP/PCAST Report)

PCAST recently submitted a very interesting, readable, and searchable report to the OSTP on federal policy for the future of basic research funding and commercialization (124 page pdf). Nanotechnology was mentioned on page 22...more

Lamar Smith New Chair of House Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Impact on NNI?

In a move which could favorably impact the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), House Congressional Republicans recently selected Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology....more

Important Update re: Bayh-Dole Law and Policy: Another “March-In” Petition

Another “march-in petition” has been filed recently as part of the on-going implementation of the Bayh-Dole system. The attached web page provides access to the petition, cover letter, and broader context. Now, several groups...more

USPTO Has Now Published Over 2,000 Nanotechnology Patent Applications in 2012: The Explosion Continues

The USPTO has now in 2012, as of July 5, published 2,137 patent applications falling within the nanotech 977 classification. If that publication rate continues, 2012 will be another record year for nanotech patent application...more

Nanotechnology in the Popular News for Skin Treatments, Gene Regulation and siRNA Methods

The popular news webpage msnbc.com is featuring an article in their health section on bio nanotechnology with headline, “Gene healing in a lotion? Researchers say they’re close.” Northwestern University research is...more

Controlling the Playing Field: Nanotechnology Patent Application Makes It to Federal Circuit But Found Obvious

Interesting to see a nanotechnology-related application made the Federal Circuit decisions this week (In re Mouttet, 2011-1451, June 26, 2012). Unfortunately for the applicant, the Court affirmed the US PTO’s determination...more

Nanotechnology -- Who will be the leaders in the fifth technology revolution?

Modern history can be broken into several periods of technological revolutions that developed in different regions throughout the world, and which interestingly correspond to the regions of global power for the given time...more

Do We Need the Precautionary Principle To Protect Us From Potential Risks From Nanotechnology? The NRDC Thinks So

In a prior rant, I raised the concern that EPA would oppose the use of new cleanup technologies based on nanotechnologies on the basis of the precautionary principle. I may not have been exactly on the mark, but I was pretty...more

EU Offers Standard Definition of Nanotechnology

One of the challenging aspects of attempts to regulate emerging nanotechnology is the definition. Proposing a "definition" for nanotechnology is not as straightforward a process as it may seem; applying a strict, universal...more

CHPA Comments on Draft FDA Guidance on Nanotechnology

Last week, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) submitted comments on the FDA’s draft guidance on nanotechnology, "Considering Whether an FDA-Regulated Product Involves the Application of Nanotechnology, " ...more

Nanotechnology is Entering a New Legal Frontier

By Krystina Steffen, staff SEO | Law Firm News Center In Good Practice writer – June 22, 2011 Nanotechnology is changing the products we use everyday – food, clothes, cars, and even medicine. For some, nanotechnology is a...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Nanotechnology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week released draft guidance designed to move the process forward of providing its regulated industries with greater certainty about the use of nanotechnology (which generally...more

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This paper outlines the role that nanotechnology might play in the future of cancer. The research points to the legal and ethical issues of this growing technology, and examines the technological and biological sides....more

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