Seven years after isolation of the first graphene sheets, an analysis of the densely populated patent landscape around the two-dimensional material reveals striking differences between universities’ patenting activities and illustrates the challenges of a fast-moving technology space.
Key findings include:
– One of the striking features of the graphene patent landscape is what is not present. Professor Andre Geim (one of two Physics Nobel Prize winners of 2010) is not listed as an inventor on any published graphene patent application.
– Manchester University, where Prof Andre Geim is the Langworthy Professor, has significantly less patents than its graphene focused research peers at other Universities.
-Â “The chances of an academic inventor receiving an investment to roll out a commercial graphene application are less than in the past. Finding corporate strategic partners is now even more important to Universities than it was in the past, and at an even earlier stage in the science commercialization process.” (Quentin Tannock, p.4)