Slow patent process continuing to hurt nanotech enterprises.

Via the Chicago Tribune, a quick update on the progress of efforts at the USPTO to increase the speed of processing patents on nanotechnology.  The conclusion in a nutshell: not much has happened.

Alan Gotcher, president and chief executive of Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. based in Reno, Nev., whose firm is working with nanomaterials to improve battery performance, said he's been filing for nanotech patents since the late 1980s and the lag in processing them has become a problem recently.

'The impact is one of perception,' Gotcher said. 'When you don't get a response from a patent application filing, you don't know what else is going on.'

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