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European Patent Review
Volume 1, Issue 1

Matthew Dixon, Fank B. Dehn & Co.

Because patents are critical in nanotechnology, investors, lawyers, and managers must carefully monitor the issuance of new patents. While most companies are focused on patent issuances in the U.S., they should also keep a careful watch on European patent grants. Not only is Europe a key market, but, in many cases, the European post-grant opposition period provides the first opportunity for a company to challenge a competitors patent that has been filed throughout the world. In this article, European patent lawyer Matt Dixon reviews several key nanotechnology patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO). He also reviews several cases decided by the EPOs Board of Appeals.

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