By its very definition, the term “nanotechnology” involves a broad array of technologies. The scientific expertise and legal experience of Finnegan’s nanotechnology team span the range of technical fields necessary to deal effectively with the many applications of nanotechnology, as well as the various types of legal challenges this unique, multidisciplinary field presents.

Our nanotechnology lawyers have backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biology, health care, computer science, and manufacturing. They have conducted groundbreaking research in microfluidics, self-assembling systems, MEMS, nanoparticles, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and other aspects of nanotechnology. Some of them have authored and presented major technical papers on their research, and have received U.S. patents for their inventions.

Nanotechnology is no different from other technologies in requiring legal skill in obtaining IP protection, providing counseling on IP issues, assisting with licensing and other transactions, and, when necessary, asserting or defending against patent claims. But the unique nature of nanotechnology presents new questions and issues for the patent practitioner. Our lawyers’ experience as examiners in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as corporate legal counsel, and as experts in patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation makes them well qualified to address the distinct challenges of nanotechnology.

The services we provide to our nanotechnology clients cover all areas of patent law:

  • Identifying patentable applications.
  • Drafting the necessary documents to define and claim rights to the inventions.
  • Advocating and securing patent protection.
  • Creating strategies to maximize a patent portfolio’s value.
  • Structuring cooperative relationships to develop and commercialize the technology by licensing or transferring rights to the underlying intellectual property.
  • Enforcing the patents in court.