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The Importance of Defining Novel Terms in Patenting Nanotechnology Inventions
Volume 1, Issue 2

John Josef Molenda, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP

Applicants filing patents on nanotech inventions must carefully consider what language will be used to describe the subject matter. The words used in the claims will determine the scope of the patent in future licensing and litigation activities. In this article, Dr. John Josef Molenda summarizes recent case law interpreting language in patent claims, explains how the law can impact nanotech patents, and argues that nanotech inventors should act as their own lexicographers and define key terms in their patent specifications.

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