Who Gives A Sheet About Graphene?

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT) -- Graphene — a sheet of graphite that is one carbon atom thick — has been the subject of research efforts since the 1960s. With recent advances in synthesis methods, development of graphene-based inventions and the corresponding patent activity has intensified in the field.

But what makes graphene so different from other materials? And what is driving a level of patent activity that is so intense that it has been described as a “land-grab"[1]? More importantly, how do inventors of more recent graphene-based inventions make headway at...
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