Nanotechnology Issues

The USPTO has begun to look into the provenance of nanotechnology in inventions by conducting a variety of searches of several databases to determine the extent and location of nanotechnology in the patent world.  Preliminary study has revealed that nanotechnology is implicated in a wide range of scientific disciplines and that it may be difficult to identify in advance what inventions are nanotechnology related.  A project, the creation of a nanotechnology Cross-Referenced Art Collection, which seeks to create a database of nanotechnology-related art that could be referred to in dealing with nanotechnology-related inventions is underway at the Office of Patent Classification.  (6/4/04).

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