Sterne Kessler serves clients’ nanotechnology IP needs by bringing together technical specialists in the diverse sciences underlying this burgeoning industry.

Our nanotechnology team includes professionals trained in the advanced sciences underlying nanotech — biotechnology, optoelectronics, materials science, and semiconductor devices and fabrication methods. Our team has first-hand industry experience as engineers and scientists in nanotech and can help you protect your inventions, commercialize and monetize them, and defend or enforce them.

We have a long history of representing the IP needs of nascent industries, such as in biotechnology, bioinformatics, software, etc. Many IP issues common to these industries are also shared by emerging nanotech companies and institutions. Among these IP-related legal issues are technology transfer, licenses and patent interferences.

The nanotech industry often relies on the transfer of federally funded, university-made inventions to private industry. The Bayh Dole Act, therefore, figures prominently in these transfers. Our IP professionals have decades of experience in university/industry relations and licensing, and are able to assist with licensing-in groundbreaking nanotech patents and patent portfolios from the universities that own them, as well as negotiating intra-industry deals.

We started serving nanotechnology interests in 1994 and currently represent clients in areas including:

  • Biosensors
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanocomputing
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Quantum dots
  • Semiconductors

The members of the nanotechnology team provide a full range of IP services, including patent preparation and prosecution; litigation; portfolio development and strategy; technology transfer agreements and licenses; patent office litigation (including interferences); and strategic counseling.

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