April 16, 2014

Intellectual Property in the Next Technology Revolution: How Does the United States Stack Up?

The world is transitioning from a computer revolution to a technology revolution driven by nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing.  This technology transition was the topic of McDermott Will & Emery’s 2012 White Paper entitled “Nanotechnology: Who will be the leaders in the fifth technology revolution?”.  McDermott’s analysis of the 2011 nanotechnology patent literature found the United States is poised to be a global leader in nanotechnology, given its high levels of research, development and diversification of sectors affected, but also begged the question of whether the United States would be surpassed by other countries, such as China and India.  This year’s analyses of the 2012 nanotechnology patent literature reveal that the United States has maintained the lead.  This report also highlights an increase in nanotechnology patent literature in the past year, and strong growth in nanotechnology patent literature over the last decade in Eastern Asia, particularly China and South Korea.

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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. 


About the Author


Iona Kaiser is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Houston office.  She focuses her practice on patent litigation and transactional patent matters, including prosecution, counseling and licensing.

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Valerie C. Moore, Ph.D.,  is a registered patent agent in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Houston office.

Valerie is experienced in the areas of nanotechnology, materials engineering, supramolecular science, analytical methods, surface science, chemistry and biotechnology.  Prior to joining McDermott, Valerie worked in research and administration for Rice University, in the Texas Medical Center and with NASA Johnson Space Center.

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