Patent publications continued last week on Thursday, despite Thanksgiving.  We checked.  The US PTO continues to be on pace to publish about 4,000 nanotech class 977 patent publications in 2012.  This would be a record as the previous high last year was 3,439.  This record explosion is a solid, long-term trend, representing a substantive increase of at least 15%, as noted in our prior postings this year on September 4, 2012 and July 8, 2012.