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Thousands of new graphene patents show strong competition, enormous potential

Resource Clips - essential news on junior gold mining and junior silver miningContinuing a worldwide surge that started in 2007, last year saw an especially high number of graphene patents filed, according to CambridgeIP. On February 13 the organization, whose mission is to “accelerate the development, deployment and dissemination of valuable technologies,” revealed the top 10 list of companies and organizations claiming new applications for the graphite derivative. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
  • Rice University (William Marsh)
  • Samsung
  • Sandisk 3D LLC
  • Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul)
  • Tsinghua University (Beijing)
  • Xerox Corp
  • Zhejiang University (China)

In January BBC News reported other CambridgeIP info indicating “an intensifying global contest to lead a potential industrial revolution.” Last year’s number of patents per country showed:

  • China 2,204
  • U.S. 1,754
  • South Korea 1,160
  • UK 54

All told, CambridgeIP found 7,351 graphene patents and patent applications by 2012 year-end, “a remarkably high number for a material only recognized for less than a decade,” the BBC stated.

The BBC report describes graphene as the thinnest material ever created, with only two dimensions. It’s 200 times stronger than steel, tougher than diamonds, flexible, foldable and stretchable. And, as another BBC report states, it can be crumpled up, thrown through a washer and dryer yet continue to conduct electricity better than copper. Graphene’s possibilities have yet to be fully imagined. But the patents are rolling in.

by Greg Klein

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