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A partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, J. Steven Rutt is the vice-chairman of the Nanotechnology Industry Team, and a member of the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. With a doctorate in chemistry, Mr. Rutt brings technical and legal expertise to the table when assisting clients with patent counseling, IP licensing and agreements, patent landscaping and clearance opinions, patent prosecution, patent litigation support, trade secrets, and trademarks. As the editor for the firm’s blog, Nano & Cleantech Blog, Mr. Rutt’s experience as a writer and presenter with respect to nanotechnology and the law is invaluable. His experience includes nine years of hands-on research in polymer synthesis and morphological studies, and his experience in private industry includes two years of corporate chemical research with NTT in Tokyo, Japan.
Hydraulic fracturing (HF) has become a substantial economic force and the subject of strong policy debate. HF has several connections to cleantech, including issues of water treatment and disposal. Recent patents related to water and cleantech include, for example, USP 8,119,007 to MIT,...
Based on review of the US PTO webpage statistics today, the PTO should still be accepting green tech petitions for accelerated examination. The PTO had declared in December that they would stop the program upon granting of 3,500 petitions, or upon reaching the date, March 30, 2012, whichever...
One important nanotechnology is Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). In ALD, one can build up molecular layers on surfaces at the angstrom and nanoscale levels. The technology traces back to the 1960′s and 1970′s. ALD has a variety of application areas including defense and cleantech...
We have been reviewing the President’s budget proposals announced yesterday, February 13, 2012 (fiscal year 2013 President’s Budget). In particular, we are looking at impact on nanotech and cleantech. Some highlights: First, the NNI was given a 4.1% increase (NNI is National...
We are urgently reviewing the proposed PTO fee increases based on PTO documents issued over the past week. The US PTO appears to agree that some of the steep fee increases, particularly the RCE fee increases, will be controversial. We encourage in 2012 all nanotech entities, cleantech entities,...