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NEC claims carbon nanotube monopoly

Three Nanodot readers wrote with news that "NEC Corp. asserted Wednesday (March 3) that it owns essential patents on carbon nanotubes and, as a result, all companies seeking to make or sell carbon nanotube materials must obtain licenses from NEC." EE Times article

brianelegant writes "NEC Corp. today claimed a monopoly of sorts, saying that it owns patents on carbon nanotubes that must be licensed by any company wishing to pursue the graphite material. With the claims, NEC announced that Sumitomo Corp. and it have inked an agreement, granting Sumitomo a non-exclusive license under basic Japanese patents owned by NEC that cover carbon nanotube. 'NEC's carbon nanotube patents under which Sumitomo has acquired a license from NEC are basic patents and, therefore, it is necessary to acquire a license from NEC in order to gain the rights to manufacture, or sell etc. carbon nanotubes,' said Botaro Hirosaki, associate senior VP of NEC's intellectual asset operations unit, in a statement. NEC Claims License to Carbon Nanotube"

Vik Olliver writes "According to this article in EETimes, NEC are claiming patent rights to all carbon nanotube production. Nothing stifles innovation and progress like a patent…"

JohnFaith writes "NEC claims that it holds fundamental CNT patents and is offering licenses according to this EETimes article."

3 Responses to “NEC claims carbon nanotube monopoly”

  1. Mr_Farlops Says:

    This is simply ridiculous

    Is someone going to patent water or liquid nitrogen now?

    If NEC wants to patent a particular process for making carbon nanotubes fine. If they want to patent a particular process for using carbon nanotubes, fine. If they want to patent an particular device built with carbon nanotubes, fine.

    But it is a well documented fact that carbon nanotubes can be made by natural processes. Who's going to bring Mother Nature to court?

  2. Anonymous Coward Says:

    ridiculous indeed

    Carbon nanotubes are a nature element, cant be patented. If this is admited, why not patent the air we breath ?

  3. Anonymous Coward Says:

    Re:ridiculous indeed

    it's probably the production process patents not nature itself

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