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Materials and Metallurgy

Our multi-disciplinary team of attorneys, including materials scientists, physicists, chemists and manufacturing engineers, deals with inventions relating to all aspects of the materials cycle and the application of materials. For example, we handle inventions relating to new metamaterials themselves, such as polymers, alloy compositions and composites; new extraction methods such as mining and flotation; new processing techniques such as casting, thermomechanical working, and deposition/thin film growth techniques and coatings; and new materials applications such as self-healing materials, dendrimers, bio-materials, catalysts, nano-techology and shape memory alloys.

Many cases relate to the use of materials in electronic applications and new materials for use in electronic applications such as superconductors, new semi-conductor materials or devices made up of novel combinations of semi-conductor layers, organic electroluminescent materials and graphene. The way in which alloy composition claims are examined is unique and varies from country to country.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in this field having drafted and prosecuted throughout the world applications relating to steels, superalloys, titanium alloys, aluminium alloys and high entropy alloys. We handle inventions relating to the whole spectrum of materials from ceramics to metals to polymers to semiconductors, for clients as diverse as medical device manufacturers, universities and other research institutions, steel and superalloy manufacturers, construction material suppliers and clients with an interest in engineering or electronics and electrical technology.