Patenting High Tech: Tools, Trends & Legal

European Patent Office

Thinking about going to TechConnect World Innovation Convention this June
in Washington and interested in patents?

Come visit us at the EPO's Stand

TechConnect World Expo

16-17 June 2014
Booth Number: 311


Make an appointment now!

Patent applications filed for nanotechnology-related inventions have more than tripled in Europe since the mid-1990s. The picture is similar in clean technology.

Patents support innovation

Patents are a reward to innovators in recognition of the efforts it takes to develop a new technology. They provide the owner with an exclusive right in the territory concerned for up to twenty years.

The EPO's stand nanotech and cleantech specialists on the stand can give you the advice you need about patenting in these fields.

Don't miss the IP session at nanotech 2014

Monday, 16 June 2014, 11.00-12.30 hrs
Chesapeake 7 on level 2
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

Patenting trends in nanotechnology and clean technology are the focus of this session.

It will look at patenting strategies, tools to support successful innovation and recent developments impacting patenting in high tech areas.


  • Michael Patterson, CEO, Graphene Frontiers
  • Stephen Glazier, US patent attorney, K&L Gates
  • Rob Harrison, European Patent Attorney, 24ip law Group
  • Roberto Pugno, Patent Examiner, European Patent Office

Free patent databases

Even if you're not looking to patent anything yourself right now, patents are still important. Don't be afraid of other people's patents, but make sure you're aware of them and know how to act.

The EPO's patent databases are free to use via the Espacenet service. They contain well over 80 million patent documents from around the world.

You can use Espacenet to see what other people are working on, and what other people have protected using patents.

The EPO at the TechConnect World Innovation Expo
16 - 17 June 2014, Washington DC
Stand number: 311

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