Nanotechnology INDUSTRIES

Having served technology companies for more than four decades, the lawyers at WilmerHale know what it takes to bring new technologies to market. As nanotechnology begins to make an impact on manufacturing processes and products in industries ranging from medicine to food to electronics, innovators seeking to harness and capitalize on what this new technology has to offer are presented with many challenges.

Drawing on lawyers from our intellectual property, licensing, environmental, corporate and government relations practices, our Nanotechnology Practice Group is able to help clients navigate emerging regulatory frameworks in the US and abroad, leverage business development opportunities, and secure core intellectual property. We know how to translate information into business advantage for your company.

Publications & News


October 10, 2016

Technical and Scientific Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields.    

July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years.

May 16, 2016

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets.

January 23, 2014

US Supreme Court Holds That a Patentee Bears the Burden of Persuasion on the Issue of Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Action

The US Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and held that the patentee bears the burden of persuasion on the issue of patent infringement in a declaratory judgment action brought by a licensee.

December 6, 2013

House Passes Patent Litigation Bill

On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) (the “Act”) by a vote of 325-91. The Act proposes several changes to the patent litigation system such as enhanced pleading requirements, fee shifting, discovery limits, patent ownership disclosures, and stays of customer suits.

May 31, 2012

The WilmerHale Obviousness Report: One-Hundred Decisions of the Federal Circuit Post-KSR

March 22, 2012

Supreme Court Holds Prometheus Patent Claims Invalid

September 19, 2011

Patent Reform: The America Invents Act

April 25, 2011

Patent Contempt - A Changed Standard

April 11, 2011

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues Final Rule to Implement Prioritized Examination "Track 1"