Building on our prior December 10, 2011 blog post, we can now confirm as 2011 finishes that the PTO on Thursday set a record in publishing nanotech 977 patents. The final count for the year was 3,439. Last year was only 2,770, in contrast (2009 was only 1,499).

Will investors and the federal government take notice?

Coincidence? The last patent to publish was to GE, 2011/0320142! Our December 21 blog post noted GE patenting.