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10 Nanotech. L. & Bus. 2 (2013)

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10 Nanotechnology Law & Business 2 (Summer 2013)
2012 Nanotechnology Patent Review
Carey C. Jordan*, lona N. Kaiser** and Valerie C. Moore***
As the world ushers in the next technology revolution, which many believe will be based on
nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing, countries and regions are increasingly investing in
nanotechnology research and development, and into protecting their innovations through
intellectual property. This article offers a review of the 2012 Nanotechnology Patent Literature,
including analysis by country, region and technology sector, which illustrates the continued growth
of nanotechnology innovation and leadership by the United States. Further, the technology sector
analysis shows materials and computers continue to rise rapidly while the energy sector is growing
I. Introduction
Starting with the Industrial Revolution, modern history can be divided 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 period. Technology
revolutions generally follow a similar trajectory, from gestation to exploration, which is typically
marked by core innovations.' See Figure 1.
* Carey C. Jordan is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's
Houston office. Carey focuses her practice on patent prosecution, transactions and strategic portfolio
management in the chemical, energy and alternative energy sectors.
** Iona Kaiser is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Houston
office. Iona focuses her practice on patent litigation and transactional patent matters, including prosecution,
counseling and licensing.
*** Valerie C. Moore, Ph.D., is a registered patent agent with McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Valerie previously
worked in research and administration for Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and with the NASA
Johnson Space Center.
I See Mariano Nieto et al., Performance Analysis of Technology Using the S Curve Model: The Case of Digital
Signal Processing (DSP) Technologies, 18 TECHNOVATION 439 (1998) for a further discussion on the steps in


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