The Fullerene Patent Landscape in Europe

Abstract

Fullerenes, spherical clusters of carbon atoms, are one of the more mature “building blocks” in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Potential commercial applications of fullerenes range from therapeutics to displays to solar cells. Over the last two decades, substantial investments in research and development of fullerenes and fullerene-based products have resulted in large numbers of patents and patent applications.

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R. Michalitsch, C. Kallinger, Y. Verbandt, V. Veefkind, and S. R. Huebner in Nanotechnology Law & Business, spring 2008, volume 5, number 1, pages 83-94

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