Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle




Our Nanotechnology Industry Group serves the intellectual property needs of companies in this emerging technology area.  The Group brings together attorneys and technical specialists who are trained in the advanced sciences underlying nanotech, such as biotechnology, optoelectronics, materials science, and semiconductor devices and fabrication methods.  The members of the Group possess first hand industry and/or academic experience as engineers and scientists.  Many have conducted research, commercialized it, and brought to market emerging technologies. 

The members of the Group are experienced in the areas of:

  • Patent preparation and prosecution
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Portfolio development
  • Technology transfer agreements
  • Interferences
  • Strategic counseling

Emerging Industries: Technology Transfer, Interferences

We have a long history of representing the IP needs of nascent industries, such as in biotechnology, bioinformatics, software, etc.  Many IP issues common to these industries are also shared by emerging nanotech companies and institutions.  Two of these IP-related legal issues are technology transfer and patent interferences.

The nanotech industry relies heavily on the transfer of federally-funded, university-made inventions to private industry.  The Bayh Dole Act, therefore, figures prominently in all areas of these transfers.  Our IP professionals have decades of experience in university – industry relations and licensing, and thus, are able to assist with licensing-in groundbreaking nanotech patents and patent portfolios from the universities that own them, as well as negotiating intra industry deals.

As has been the case with other early stage industries that experience intense technological competition, e.g. biotechnology, we expect many nanotechnology patent applications will become involved in interferences.  We are superbly positioned to assist in this arena.  Competent and cost conscious legal representation in this complex area of patent law requires a keen understanding of nanotechnology, the substantive law of interferences, and interference procedure.  We have had extensive and successful involvement in hundreds of interferences, and offer a cost effective, seasoned and knowledgeable team to handle nanotech interferences when they arise.

We started serving nanotechnology interests in 1994 and currently represent clients in areas including:

  • Biosensors
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanocomputing
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Quantum Dots
  • Semiconductors

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