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Nanotechnology

Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling and manipulating matter at dimensions between 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. When you consider that a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, that's incredibly small.

Although it might sound a little like science fiction, nanotechnology is already big business. In the United States, federal funding for nanotechnology was nearly $1.5 billion for the 2009 fiscal year, while commercial investment was estimated at an additional $1.5 billion. While researchers and innovators explore the opportunities and risks presented by nanoscale materials, governments and regulatory agencies struggle to balance the promise of nanotechnology with the unknown.

Porter Wright is a recognized leader in nanotechnology law. Our nanotechnology clients are leading innovators who make their living working daily with nanoscale materials and applications including quantum dots, nanoscale silver, silver ions, nanoscale gold, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, nanofibers, graphene, drugs and medical devices employing nanoscale features, nanocomposites, nanoalloys, nanoscale titanium, zinc, aluminum, cerium oxide, iron oxide, nanoemulsions, nanoscale electronic devices and other nanoscale materials and devices. We protect these companies’ interests while they explore the next generation of possibilities.

Our attorneys help companies in the nanotechnology industry with sophisticated legal issues, including:

  • Environmental, health and workplace safety
  • Global regulation of nanotechnologies
  • Product liability defense and insurance coverage
  • Protecting innovation and intellectual property