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The Fullerene Patent Landscape in Europe
Volume 5, Issue 1

Richard Michalitsch, European Patent Office
Christian Kallinger, European Patent Office
Yves Verbandt, European Patent Office
Victor Veefkind, European Patent Office
Stefan Rolf Huebner, patent attorney

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. In this article, Richard Michalitsch and his colleagues of the European Patent Office's Nanotechnology Working Group, together with the European patent attorney Stefan Rolf Huebner, provide an overview of the European patenting activities related to fullerenes. They explain the trends in fullerene patenting over time, provide an overview of the fullerene patent landscape, describe specific types of fullerene patents, and identify the key patent holders.

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