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Export Control Pitfalls for Government-Academic Partnerships in Nanotechnology
Volume 2, Issue 1

Thomas E. Crocker, Alston & Bird LLP

Nanotechnology research projects, especially those sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”), may have military applications that place them under an export control regime that can hinder the development and sharing of information. In the past, private sector companies, often working with universities, have relied on the “fundamental research” exemption to such export controls in order to conduct nanotechnology research and development. In this article, export control lawyer Thomas E. Crocker argues that the “fundamental research” exemption is narrower than many companies may suppose, and that companies should carefully assess their export control exposure at the time they enter into such projects.

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