We have commented before about the rapid rise of nanotech 977 patenting (see our May 27, 2011 blog entry, for example). This past week (June 9, 2011), a large number, 78, of new patent applications published under the 977 nanotech classification, which again validates the proposition that nanotech patenting is increasing. I continue to be impressed by the diverse applications and the diverse applicants.
Too bad that the www.nano.gov web page covering the NNI does not seem to be updated much these days (last news continues to be April 25, 2011). Five of the 78 patents had a government funding clause - I know the government is interested in what is getting patented with its funds as an indicator of commercialization trends. Time to update the NNI web page???