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  • 1. Nanotechnology Practice News March 2005 Our Nanotechnology Practice is on the rise. During the past year we met and worked with many nanotechnology industry leaders. To strengthen those relationships and facilitate the exchange of nanotechnology information, we will be providing periodic updates on our Nanotechnology Practice. This is the first such update. quot;Nanotechnology In this first update, we have included a reprint of our article, entitled Patents: A Snapshot of Nanotechnology Patenting Through an Analysis of 10 Top Nanotech Patents,quot; which was published in December in Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal. In the article we review the prosecution histories of and analyze ten top nanotech patents as identified by Nanotechnology Law and Business Journal. We assess commentary that has raised issues and concerns related to nanotechnology IP. While the sample size is small, we provide an objective glimpse into some of the issues and non-issues impacting nanotechnology IP. Having completed the above analysis, we have decided to embark on a more comprehensive study that examines all of the nanotube patents issued in 2004. Through this analysis we plan to study PTO examination trends, and consider such issues as how enablement and size considerations are impacting examinations. We are aware of no other study to review prosecution histories to objectively study how nanotechnology patents are being examined. We will present preliminary results of the study at the 2005 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, California on May 12. See www.nsti.org/Nanotech2005 for further information. If you will be there, let us know. We are also pleased to announce that Don Featherstone and Michael Specht have been selected to serve as Associate Editor and Advisory Board member, respectively of Nanotechnology Law and Business Journal, which is quickly becoming a leading resource within the nanotechnology industry. If you have articles ideas or comments on the journal, please share them with us. See http://pubs.nanolabweb.com/nlb/ for further information. Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. : 1100 New York Avenue, NW : Washington, DC 20005 : 202.371.2600 f 202.371.2540 : www.skgf.com
  • 2. Page 2 of 2 As we continue to add to our growing list of leading small tech companies, such as, Nanosys, Calipers Technologies Corp, and ASML, we also continue to expand the technical and legal expertise within our practice group. We believe that it is critical that we have strong technical expertise. Toward this goal we have recently hired Dr. Jason Barron, Dr. Jonathan Tuminaro and Dr. Aaron Lukas to augment our practice group. Dr. Barron has a Ph.D in Chemistry from Cornell. His graduate work focused on the design and study of light emitting polymers and transition metal complexes. He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he gained extensive experience in the areas of tissue engineering and the development of protein microarray technology. He has also conducted research related to Dendrimers, having co-authored recent articles appearing in the Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Lukas received a Ph.D in Chemistry from Northwestern University. He has conducted research related to synthesis of precursors for the construction of 2D and 3D nanoscale arrays formed by Hydrogen bonding and pi-pi stacking interactions. He has also done research and development work related to synthesis of nanoporous materials for use in micro-and nano-scale semiconductor and MEMs devices using CVD, sol-gel and plasma processing techniques. He has extensive experience related to scanning probe microscopy including AFM, functionalized AFM, SEM and TEM imaging 2D and 3D organic, inorganic and semiconductor structures. Dr. Tuminaro earned his Ph.D in Physics from the University of Maryland. His graduate work included the research and study of electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and solid state physics. He was a graduate research assistant in the Nuclear Theory Group, where he studied quantum field theoretical models of neutrino mass. If you have any questions or comments regarding this Nanotechnology Practice News, please let either of us know. We encourage you to check out our website at www.skgf.com for more details on these updates and other nanotechnology related news and information. Provided by: Donald Featherstone, Director, 202-772-8629, donf@skgf.com Michael Specht, Attorney, 202-772-8756, mspecht@skgf.com Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. : 1100 New York Avenue, NW : Washington, DC 20005 : 202.371.2600 f 202.371.2540 : www.skgf.com