Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=740550
 
 

Citations (2)



 
 

Footnotes (36)



 


 



Nanotechnology and the Law of Patents: A Collision Course


Siva Vaidhyanathan


University of Virginia - School of Law


NANOTECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY EVALUATION, Geoffrey Hunt and Michael Mehta, eds., University of Toronto Press, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
In the ill-defined world of "nanotechnology," a simple sphericule or rod of carbon - the "buckyball" or "nanotube" has been patented not once, but more than 250 times in slightly different forms. The dream of nanotechnology - engineering substances at the scale of one nanometer - reveals many of the dangers of an overprotective patent system. Paradoxically, an overprotective patent system threatens the potential benefits of a fully realized nanotechnology industry. The patent system is supposed to generate a limited monopoly for a specific invention so that the patent holder may extract monopoly rents for a limited time. But by its very nature, nanotechnology complicates the assumptions that underlie the principles of patenting inventions. Nanotechnology bridges the conceptual gaps between substance and information, hardware and software, and technology and science.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: patents, nanotechnology, intellectual property

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: June 9, 2005  

Suggested Citation

Vaidhyanathan, Siva, Nanotechnology and the Law of Patents: A Collision Course. NANOTECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY EVALUATION, Geoffrey Hunt and Michael Mehta, eds., University of Toronto Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=740550

Contact Information

Siva Vaidhyanathan (Contact Author)
University of Virginia - School of Law ( email )
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,630
Downloads: 453
Download Rank: 34,752
Citations:  2
Footnotes:  36

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.297 seconds