Bioprinting, or the three-dimensional layering of living biological tissue, organs and cells is a pioneering technology which is rapidly finding applications in transplant surgery, wound treatment, reconstructive surgery, and perhaps controversially, food production, as companies consider how to increase global production of meat and animal products.
50k Nanowire patents & probes in your brain
If you're interested in nanotech, you will probably have heard a lot about nanowires recently, and this week they hit the news as researchers announced new findings relating to their use in batteries, sensors, and probes.
Nanowires are tiny filamentary rods, similar to conventional wires but with a diameter of just nanometers. They are built up, molecule by molecule, from materials including semiconducting metal oxides, metals, or carbon nanotubes. Nanowires are so prized by researchers and engineers because due to their enormous surface area relative to their size, they can exhibit unique thermal, chemical, electronic, optical, or mechanical properties.
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Nanotech Goes Global
A quick look at patents filed under IPC B82Y reveals that centres of nanotech innovation are now truly global. China, South Korea and the USA are battling to lead the charge, but IPC B82Y doesn't tell the whole story - many nanotech patents are hidden away in other classifcation codes, so keeping track of the bigger picture poses a real problem for IP managers and researchers.
The Importance of a solid research question
Patent searching is an art form. Literally. That satisfying feeling of crafting the perfect search is nothing less than “an activity of imaginative or creative self-expression”. To find the patents you are looking for, you need to express a set of criteria within your search tool to achieve a specific result. A result that you must do your best to anticipate and predict. In other words, you need to imagine what you might find before you look for it. If you do not know specifically what you are looking, for then your research will yield fewer, or irrelevant, results.