USPTO Bottleneck Stalls Nanotech Industry: Report

Law360, New York (July 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A bottleneck at the USPTO is stunting growth in IP for nanotechnology, creating an air of uncertainty about what’s expected to be a wave of patent litigation in the industry.

A report detailing the situation suggests that researchers from various sectors—all racing to patent a seemingly endless array of applications for nanotech—will need to quickly determine which patents are worth fighting for.

The problem at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is demonstrated by the growth rate of new patent issuances for nanotechnology, which stalled last...
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