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Protecting Nanotechnology Inventions: Prosecuting in an Unpredictable World
Volume 7, Issue 3

Jeffrey K. Mills, Jason A. Fitzsimmons, and Kevin Rodkey

Nanotechnology is often considered an unpredictable field. Products and applications are frequently based on the discovery that what may have been true at the macroscale is often much different at the nanoscale. Protecting inventions in such a rapidly developing field can be challenging for patent practitioners and frustrating for innovators. Understanding the requirements for patentability, and how the predictability or unpredictability of a technical field interplays with these requirements is of key importance to obtaining the broadest and most defensible coverage possible for your nanotechnology invention. This paper discusses some suggested strategies and considerations for protecting inventions in this rapidly evolving technical field.

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