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May 6th, 2011

Japan, S. Korea, and Germany lead in nanotech patenting for non-USA countries

Abstract:
From the beginnings of the NNI, the "race" between the industrialized countries to develop nanotechnology was a focus point. The US NNI was seen as a catalyst for this race which spread internationally. For example, M.C. Roco authored an early, seminal article on the NNI and spoke of the US having a nanotechnology "powerhouse of discoveries and inventions" (J. Nanoparticle Research, 6: 1-10, 2004). Patenting is one measure for who is "winning" this race. Hence, ten years later, we surveyed the current set of 977 granted nanotech US patents for ten countries (the 977 nanotech patent count now stands at 6,880 as of May 2, 2011).

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