Iran Ranks 22nd in Nanotechnology Inventions

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

According to a statistical study, Iran ranks 22nd in the world in terms of inventions related to nanotechnology as registered by the European Patent Office (EPO).

Policymaking and assessment workgroup of the special headquarters for development of nanotechnology has used patent database, known as QPAT, to analyze inventions registered in the field of nanotechnology and to determining Iran’s standing.

QPAT database is affiliated to Questel group for protection of intellectual property and includes information related to inventions registered through 75 patent offices in the world (excluding the Iranian patent office).

Out of those offices, the American patent office, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), and European Patent Office (EPO) cover a large number of inventions due to the important role of those countries in research and innovation, their high commercialization capacity, and suitable market for presentation of inventions.

According to existing statistics, Iran has thus far not registered any invention in the field of nanotechnology in USPTO and JPO. However, the country has issued four nanotechnology invention patents in EPO in 2007 and has ranked 22nd along with Finland, Brazil, and Norway among countries having registered patent at that office.

The United States, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and France ranked from 1st to 5th. Among regional countries, only Turkey has registered a nanotechnology patent in EPO in 2007.

Considering all inventions registered in all registries of QPAT, the number of Iranian inventions in the field of nanotechnology has reached five in 2007 and it ranks 42nd in the world and 3rd among Islamic countries.

The United States, China, and South Korea rank from 1st to 3rd while Turkey, with 14 inventions, and Malaysia, with 6 inventions, respectively ranked 31st and 41st in 2007.

In terms of research topics, three out of five Iranian patents in 2007 pertained to carbon nano-tubes, one was about production process of carbon nano-tubes and one patent was related to catalysts that are based on singe-wall nano-tubes. Also, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, which has registered three patents, and Tehran University, which has registered one patent, is the sole Iranian institute and university to have registered inventions in the field of nanotechnology. A single invention has been registered jointly in the name of an Iranian researcher and researchers from Switzerland.

The number of Iranian inventions in nanotechnology was only two before 2007, which were products of cooperation between Iranian researchers and foreign institutes and have been registered at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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