Nanotechnology, commonly defined as the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale, and more precisely the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometres, is not a separate scientific discipline, but rather an aggregate of several disciplines focussed on the study of matter on a small scale.
Nanotechnology does however bring the more traditional focusses of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering together in a very fluid and interdisciplinary way.
The applications of nano-technology are very diverse and include medicine (ultrahigh surface areas for rapid effect) energy and manufacturing (new nanostructured materials with designed electronic and optoelectronic properties) green technology (ultra-efficient nanostructured catalyst materials), filtration (nanoporous filtration material) and so on.
Shelston IP employs a number of attorneys with high level qualifications in the key disciplines involved in nanotechnology, surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics and microfabrication. Our attorneys have many years’ experience working across disciplines and working in project and client focussed teams to achieve the best outcomes for our clients.
Despite the relatively small manufacturing sector in Australia, Shelston IP has created IP for a number of local clients in relation to nanotechnology, such as microstructured catalysts, graphenes and graphites, functional materials and so on.
Our attorneys are highly experienced in conducting contentious proceedings, such as oppositions and re-examinations at the Australian patent office, which often involves the preparation of complex technical evidence. A number of our attorneys have been involved in assisting in major patent cases before the Federal Court.