Patenting Nanotechnology. - Stanford Law School

Patenting Nanotechnology.

By Stanford Law School

  • Release Date - Published: 2005-11-01
  • Book Genre: Law
  • Author: Stanford Law School
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I. THE RACE To PATENT NANOTECHNOLOGY Nanotechnology is the study and use of the unique characteristics of materials at the nanometer scale, between the classical large-molecule level to which traditional physics and chemistry apply and the atomic level in which the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics take effect. The unique behavior of materials at the nanoscale (1) offers intriguing possibilities for the cheap construction of rare molecules, the production of light and incredibly strong microfibers, and the production of ultrasensitive detectors. (2) Nanotechnology is at a speculative early stage; only a few nanotech (3) invetions have so far actually made it into commercial products. But the expectations surrounding the field are immense, ranging from a utopia of free energy and abundant materials (4) that will be one of the "major drivers of economic growth" in the foreseeable future (5) to fears of environmental catastrophe. (6)

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