Patents and Trade Secrets
Unidym controls one of the most expansive intellectual property portfolios in the carbon nanotube (CNT) industry, with foundational patents and trade secrets related CNT compositions of matter, synthesis, processing, and applications. Unidym's intellectual property portfolio protects the products it manufactures and sells and offers Unidym licensees the opportunity to commercialize products outside of Unidym's product development efforts.
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Unidym's current patent portfolio contains more than 200 foreign and domestic patents and patent applications, including more than 90 issued patents.
Unidym's CNT patents can be categorized in terms of:
1) Fundamental Compostion of Matter patents give the patent holder exclusive rights to a particular type of matter. Critical composition of matter claims that have been allowed include high-purity CNTs, derivatized CNTs, electrical conductors containing CNTs, CNT ropes, CNT composites, CNT dispersions, CNT arrays and CNT fibers.
2) CNT Synthesis patents are related to the production of CNTs using such methods as electric arc, laser vaporization, chemical vapor deposition, and predominantly gas phase processes.
3) Application-enabling Technologies includes post-synthesis treatment of CNTs to purify, disperse, functionalize and/or otherwise alter them. Unidym's portfolio includes claims related to the modification and manipulation of CNTs which cover:
4) Articles of Manufacture claims cover CNT-containing products. Unidym's portfolio has over 300 claims for articles of manufacture which include: