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Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine

The properties of a material in the nanometre size range can differ markedly from those of its micro- and macro- sized counterparts, leading to brand new applications. An example is catalysis, where otherwise-inert substances can be rendered highly active if they are used in nanoparticulate form.

Another is nanomedicine, where, owing to their size, nanoparticles can enter biological structures to carry out useful functions. Thus nanotechnology is continually providing new materials with diverse applications, ranging from nanoscale wires and electrical components, to lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery, and new catalysts for clean technology.

Our attorneys are experienced in patenting innovations across all of these fields. We know how to draft patent applications in a way that carefully defines the nanomaterials in the most suitable way, to provide the coverage you need and to aid smooth passage through the patent offices. A particular specialism of ours is nanomedicine, where we have drafted patent applications covering technologies as diverse as nanosized drug-delivery vehicles, MRI contrast agents, nanoparticle-augmented radiotherapy, and nanoparticles for ultrasound-induced delivery of therapeutics.