Intellectual Property NANOTECHNOLOGY

Innovators are challenged to develop effective ways to protect their inventions in the competitive nanotechnology landscape. Our intellectual property lawyers understand the cross-disciplinary nature of nanotechnology. We build legal teams that include engineers, chemists and biologists who can advise our clients on the best strategies for maximizing their intellectual property protection and leveraging their investments. We provide patent portfolio planning and analysis to assist with the financing, evaluation, and acquisition of technology. We also help clients with assessment of competitive and other third-party patent positions.

Each year we file hundreds of US patent applications in fields ranging from chemistry and biotechnology to computer science and nanotechnology. More than 70 of our attorneys are admitted to the United States patent bar, many of whom have advanced degrees in scientific or technical fields. Our patent prosecution group includes attorneys and technology specialists with expertise in a variety of technical areas that are important to nanotechnology research, including nanoparticles, solid state physics, carbon nanotubes, optics, biotechnology, electronics, materials, chemistry, and sensors. Having this expertise in-house enables us to serve clients efficiently—we have the business focus and the science expertise in one place.

The number of nanotechnology–related patent application filings has increased dramatically in recent years. As more and more nanotechnology-inspired products reach the market, an increase in nanotechnology intellectual property litigation can be expected. Our firm has extensive experience in litigating and trying intellectual property cases. Each intellectual property litigation client is represented by a team of technically versed intellectual property lawyers and trial lawyers. Our litigation teams provide the trial and technical experience that clients find valuable in complex patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright litigations.

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Innovators are challenged to develop effective ways to protect their inventions in the competitive nanotechnology landscape. Our intellectual property lawyers understand the cross-disciplinary nature of nanotechnology. We build legal teams that include engineers, chemists and biologists who can advise our clients on the best strategies for maximizing their intellectual property protection and leveraging their investments. We provide patent portfolio planning and analysis to assist with the financing, evaluation, and acquisition of technology. We also help clients with assessment of competitive and other third-party patent positions.

Each year we file hundreds of US patent applications in fields ranging from chemistry and biotechnology to computer science and nanotechnology. More than 70 of our attorneys are admitted to the United States patent bar, many of whom have advanced degrees in scientific or technical fields. Our patent prosecution group includes attorneys and technology specialists with expertise in a variety of technical areas that are important to nanotechnology research, including nanoparticles, solid state physics, carbon nanotubes, optics, biotechnology, electronics, materials, chemistry, and sensors. Having this expertise in-house enables us to serve clients efficiently—we have the business focus and the science expertise in one place.

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April 11, 2011

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

October 18, 2010

The WilmerHale Obviousness Report – A Client Alert Special Edition

November 1, 2006

WilmerHale Presents the 2006 Compensation and Entrepreneurship Report in Information Technology and the 2006 Compensation and Entrepreneurship Report in Life Sciences

January 1, 2006

The five elements of establishing solid nanotech intellectual property

An article by Mary Rose Scozzafava published in Mass High Tech, Volume 24, Issue 2.

January 1, 2006

Whither nanotech? Legal issues still in play for this emerging field

An article by Peter Dichiara and David Abrams published in Mass High Tech, Volume 17, Issue 2.

February 7, 2005

Nanotechnology IP: Issues and Opportunities

Presented by Mary Rose Scozzafava at the Nine Zeros Nanotechnology Breakfast Roundtable.