Tag Archives: Patents

NanoBusiness Panel on Patents Featuring View From the US Patent Office

At a recent nanotech conference hosted by the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, we received an update on nanotech patent trends from Jerry Lorengo, a Group Director with the US Patent Office. Jerry provided a great overview of the latest patent trends in Class 977, the particular area defined as nanotechnology by the US Patent Office: “Nanotechnology … Continue reading this entry

Updates With Materials Genome Initiative, $25M Grants Announced; Complex IP Issues?

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently announced updates with the Materials Genonme Initiative (MGI). $25M in grants are noted, and the awardees include universities, national laboratories, and private sector companies (e.g., GM). Collaboration continues to be a strong theme. Collaboration usually sounds good and makes sense in many contexts, particularly for purely basic research … Continue reading this entry

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 are seeking march-in against a series of AIDS/HIV related drug patents. Funding for the underlying inventions was provided by the NIH.  No … Continue reading this entry

High Throughput, Inexpensive DNA Sequencing Hitting Main Stream Media (Secret Killer App for Nanotech)

Good to see: high throughput, inexpensive DNA sequencing is being featured on NPR this week in a series entitled the $1,000 Genome. Many of the technologies for this revolution in sequencing, of course, relate closing to or directly are nanotechnology (e.g., nanopore, microfluidic, and/or lab-on-a-chip technologies). Personalized medicine depends on it. More generally, the interface between biology and electronics is one of the most … Continue reading this entry

Hydraulic Fracturing Patent Literature on the Rise (With Nanotech Contributions)!

Patent filings which refer to hydraulic fracturing are on the rise. In fact, the number appears to have almost doubled in the past five years. This is based on a review of the published patent applications at the USPTO web site. In 2012, pro-rated as of today, there should be about 473 patent applications publishing. In 2007, that … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Marches on to Critical Dates of September 16, 2012 and March 16, 2013, as Patents Again Make Front Page Headlines

The recent, large judgement against Samsung in the Apple v. Samsung patent litigation has again brought patenting to the front pages of American news media. In that context, the September 16, 2012 and March 16, 2013 critical dates for when fundamentally new patent law takes effect takes on added importance. It is crucial for the innovation community to … Continue reading this entry

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 publishing at the USPTO. Aproximately 4,000 will publish this year if the trend continues. Last year, a record 3,439 nanotech 977 applications were published, so … Continue reading this entry

Critical Trend: Nanotech Patenting Continues to Rise in 2012 Driving Commercialization (Potentially)

Today, a fresh crop of 102 nanotech class 977 patent publications were published at the US PTO.  The total now for 2012 is 1,249, which projects to the end of the year to be 3,608. If this continues through 2012, it will be another record year for publishing nanotech 977 patent applications. The numbers go up each year: … Continue reading this entry

US Government Asserts Rights in Solar Patents under Bayh-Dole Act

Investors need to be aware of the Bayh-Dole Act and the risks and requirements that the Act presents. This is true whether investors are U.S.-based or based outside the U.S. Reports are emerging, for example, that the Department of Energy is taking title to several solar patents previously owned by Evergreen Solar, which filed for … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform a Good Reminder re IP and Your Organization

Over the past month, we have been busy providing inputs to clients, including a variety of different types of organizations, on the new patent reform. Despite the variety in types of organizations, a common theme emerges: this is a good time to step back and look at your organization as a whole and determine how IP is … Continue reading this entry


Significant interesting OLED news seems to be crossing my desk more and more these days. Interest is high both for lighting and displays. OLED is part of the larger subject termed variously as “organic electronics” or “printed electronics.”    For example, UDC has been announcing a variety of new updates which resulted in a recent stock surge. On … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech and .... Earthquake Innovation?

This week, an unusually large earthquake struck DC quite unexpectedly.  The question arises how has nanotechnology impacted earthquake technology?  A quick search of the US patent publication literature showed not much when the search is limited to the 977 nanotech class.  Only a handful of the publications show use of the term "earthquake" and, of these, … Continue reading this entry

Aerogel Commercialization and Patenting Moving Forward

Aerogel patenting is holding steady. For example, since 2004, 78-110 US patent publications consistently emerge each year which cite “aerogel” in the claims or abstract.  2011 is holding steady with a projected number at 94. Aerogels are a unique nanomaterial, known for their lightweight and insulation properties. Some of their history can be found on the web. Important markets can be … Continue reading this entry

The Controversial Myriad Case and Nanotech: Some Thoughts

The impact of the controversial Myriad gene patent litigation is not yet fully known, despite Friday’s Federal Circuit panel ruling which is being covered extensively in the general and legal media.  Quite possibly, the full Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court will weigh in on the case, so we must wait and see for what the full … Continue reading this entry

Hydraulic Fracturing Innovation Updates

We note some new developments in hydraulic fracturing (HF): 1)  Pennsylvania’s long awaited HF Commission Report finally issued last week (July 22, 2011). 2)  The Report is 137 pages.  The purpose of this Commission Report is not to focus on HF technology, but the report does provide extensive technical background.  The report shows, for example, at Figure … Continue reading this entry

PTO Today Grants 7,000th Class 977 Nanotechnology Patent

Patents are much in the press these days with respect to patent reform legislation, recently passed by the House and Senate.  More quietly on the patent front, however, the US PTO today granted its 7,000th class 977 nanotechnology patent (patents grant each Tuesday, and the total count for 977 patents now stands at 7,001).  The grant is … Continue reading this entry

Patents, PCAST, & Pittsburgh - A Lot Going on in Innovation This Summer

These are busy times for those following innovation law and policy including nanotech and cleantech.  Manufacturing and patents are central themes.  First, I was in Pittsburgh Friday when President Obama visited Carnegie Mellon University and announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) (text attached below).  AMP flows from the attached "Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing," … Continue reading this entry

A General Practice Firm Obtains Many Nanotech Patents

I was curious about which law firms obtain the most class 977 nanotech patents.  So I searched the US PTO public database for granted patents focusing on the legal representative search field combined with the 977 classification search field.  I searched firms which, from my experience, seemed to be active with nanotechnology.  Also, I searched … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech 977 Patent Filings Remains Strong; Updating the NNI Web Page

We have commented before about the rapid rise of nanotech 977 patenting (see our May 27, 2011 blog entry, for example).  This past week (June 9, 2011), a large number, 78, of new patent applications published under the 977 nanotech classification, which again validates the proposition that nanotech patenting is increasing.  I continue to be impressed … Continue reading this entry

Part II: Role of Nano in Hydraulic Fracturing Innovation (Patenting)

We provide more insights into the connections between hydraulic fracturing and nanotechnology, building on our April 28, 2011 blog posting.  As before, we focus on patenting as a leading indicator on the commercial ideas floating in the public domain.  In our prior post, we focused on patent publications; here, we focus on granted patents.  Nanotechnology … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech Innovation: Patents and Staying Awake at Night

In Budapest today, a conference is being held under the theme of "What is keeping nanotech innovation policymakers awake at night?" (ObservatoryNANO workshop). Good question. The Budapest discussion themes include "measurable indicators." Patents, of course, are one critical measurable indicator, and the U.S. innovation policy makers should be watching patents carefully. Later this year, the … Continue reading this entry

What Gives? Tripling Explosion in 977 Nanotech Patenting and the NNI Web Page

The USPTO is publishing triple the number of 977 patent publications compared to only several years ago! What gives? For example, I noticed that yesterday, May 26, 2011, the USPTO published 72 nanotech 977 patent publications. That struck me as a lot to review if you want to follow nanotechnology. The week before was 65; … Continue reading this entry

Price Break, Less Red Tape Announced by DOE for Licensing Federal Government Patents

The Department of Energy has announced a new initiative, “America’s Top Energy Innovator”.  The gist is an applicant can get a “price break” and less “red tape” in licensing patents from the federal government which are not currently licensed, focusing on start-ups.  The program begins May 2, 2011 and apparently will have a cut-off date of … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech and Cancer: The Latest

I pass on some information which stems from a conference I attended in December on federal research programs in nanotechnology (NNI at Ten event), which also included nanotech work at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In case you want to read more on nanotech approaches to winning the war on cancer, the NCI also published … Continue reading this entry