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2013 Nanotechnology Patent Literature Review: Graphitic Carbon-Based Nanotechnology and Energy Applications Are on the Rise
Volume 11, Issue 2

Carey C. Jordan, Iona Kaiser and Valerie C. Moore

In past years, the McDermott Will & Emery Nanotechnology Group has investigated trends in nanotechnology patent literature as a means of identifying research trends, pinpointing industry leaders and clarifying the importance of the United States in this technology revolution. We offer this report as a continuing study of trends observed in our prior reports, and also present a renewed focus on trends. In 2013, the trends observed for nanotechnology patent literature included the following highlights: 1) the total volume of published patent literature increased 5% in 2013 and has more than tripled since 2003; 2) the number of U.S. patents issued in nanotechnology was more than 6,000 in 2013, a 17% increase over 2012; 3) about 54% of the nanotechnology patent literature published in 2013 was assigned to U.S.-based entities, followed by South Korea at 8.3%, Japan at 8.0% and Germany at 5.8%; 4) the top three assignees of the nanotechnology patent literature published in 2013 are primarily in the Computers and Electronics sector; 5) the nanotechnology patent literature in the Energy sector increased 8% in 2013.

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