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Nanotechnology: Meeting the Challenges of Innovation, Production, and Licensing
Volume 9, Issue 2

Zia Akhtar

From a legal point of view, intellectual property encompasses software, patents, patent disclosures, trademarks and service marks, logos, trade names, internet domain names, rights in designs, copyright (including rights in computer software) and moral rights, database rights, semiconductor topography rights, integrated circuit layout design rights, utility models, rights in know-how, inventions, technologies, processes, techniques, methods, designs, drawings, plans, data, specifications, research and development, all copies and tangible embodiments or descriptions of any of the above in (whatever form or medium), rights protecting trade secrets and confidential information, whether registered or unregistered, and all rights or forms of protection, rights of goodwill in or to or otherwise associated with any trademarks, service marks or brands or rights. There is now an operative change in technology which is a process distinct from that of traditional forms of technology and consists of a top-down manufacturing process wherein larger blocks are broken down into smaller ones. This nanotechnological concept has challenged the framework of the Intellectual Property system where the manufactured products are protected and it is thus necessary to view the manner in which the nanotechnological inventions become patented.

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