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Nanotechnology in Rechargeable Batteries: A123Systems, Inc.
Volume 5, Issue 4

Douglas Sharrott, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Ralph A. Dengler, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

In the race to find alternative fuel supplies for automobiles, low cost, high power rechargeable batteries have the industry’s attention. The nanotechnology behind such batteries will play a prominent role in these developments, as will high stakes patent litigation. A recent example of what the future holds involves A123Systems, Inc. (“A123”), and its proprietary Nanophosphate technology for rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Since its founding in 2001, A123 already has become embroiled in two federal cases involving accusations that A123’s batteries infringe patents related to lithium iron phosphate rechargeable batteries. The cases remain stayed pending reexamination of the underlying patents-in-suit.

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