Returning to the patent landscapes for nanotechnology: Assessing the garden that it has grown into

Diana Bowman, Douglas Sylvester, Anthony D. Marino

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Abstract

The patent landscape, like a garden, can tell you much about its designers and users; their motivations, biases, and general interests. While both patent landscapes and gardens may appear to the casual observer as refined and ordered, an in-depth exploration of the terrain is likely to reveal unforeseen challenges including, for example, alien species, thickets, and trolls. As this Chapter illustrates, patent landscapes are dynamic and have been forced to continually evolve in response to technological innovation. While emerging technologies, such as biotechnology and information communication technology have challenged the traditional patent landscape, resulting in the pruning of certain elements here and there, the overarching framework and design has largely remained intact. But will this always be the case? As the field of nanotechnology continues to evolve and mature, the aim of this Chapter is to map how the technology has evolved and grown within the confines of existing structures and underlying foundation of the patent landscape and the implications thereof for the technology, industry, and the public more generally. The Chapter concludes by asking the question whether the current patent landscape will be able to withstand the ubiquitous nature of the technology, or whether nanotechnology, in combination with other emerging technologies, will be a catalyst for governments and policy makers to completely redesign the patent landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Pages315-338
Number of pages24
Volume1570
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume1570
ISSN (Print)10643745

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Industry
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Keywords

  • Intellectual property
  • Patent pools
  • Patent thickets
  • Technology innovation
  • TRIPS agreement
  • Trolls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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Bowman, D., Sylvester, D., & Marino, A. D. (2017). Returning to the patent landscapes for nanotechnology: Assessing the garden that it has grown into. In Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 1570, pp. 315-338). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1570). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6840-4_22

Returning to the patent landscapes for nanotechnology : Assessing the garden that it has grown into. / Bowman, Diana; Sylvester, Douglas; Marino, Anthony D.

Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1570 Humana Press Inc., 2017. p. 315-338 (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1570).

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Bowman, D, Sylvester, D & Marino, AD 2017, Returning to the patent landscapes for nanotechnology: Assessing the garden that it has grown into. in Methods in Molecular Biology. vol. 1570, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1570, Humana Press Inc., pp. 315-338. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6840-4_22
Bowman D, Sylvester D, Marino AD. Returning to the patent landscapes for nanotechnology: Assessing the garden that it has grown into. In Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1570. Humana Press Inc. 2017. p. 315-338. (Methods in Molecular Biology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6840-4_22
Bowman, Diana ; Sylvester, Douglas ; Marino, Anthony D. / Returning to the patent landscapes for nanotechnology : Assessing the garden that it has grown into. Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1570 Humana Press Inc., 2017. pp. 315-338 (Methods in Molecular Biology).
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