Materials Science Patents

NK Patent Law has an experienced materials science patents practice. Our materials science patents group works with Fortune 100 companies, startup companies, contract research organizations (CROs), and public and private universities.

The material science patents group is international in scope, seeking patent protection on behalf of clients in many foreign jurisdictions. Additionally, the material sciences patent practice advises clients on freedom to operate analysis and clearance for entry of new material science products into the United States and foreign countries, as well in due diligence matters for intellectual property acquisition and monetization.

Our materials science practice also includes advising clients on complex corporate, joint venture, and licensing matters as they arise, and the firm represents both investors and startup companies.

Dr. Laura Kiefer leads the materials science patents practice. She holds a PhD from Duke University in Biochemistry and can be contacted here. Dr. Kiefer previously worked in-house and managed the entire patent portfolio for Affinergy, LLC, a leader in peptide and enzyme research and creation.

Lyle Gravatt works in the materials science group as well, having a degree in biophysics and having experience in nanotechnology, water purification, and diagnostic systems.


Representative Work

U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2013/0194723
“Use of organic and organometallic high dielectric constant material for improved energy storage devices and associated methods “
A dielectric material is provided. The dielectric material includes at least one layer of a substantially continuous phase material. The material is selected from the group consisting of an organic, organometallic, or combination thereof in which the substantially continuous phase material has delocalized electrons.
U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2012/0012522
China Patent No. 102417173 B
“Making and using composite material containing nanospheres and devices for water filtration and devices containg such composites”
The present invention relates to the method of producing concentric carbon nanospheres from the pyrolytic combustion of a carbonaceous material such as plant material. The material can be carboxylated and then optionally metallated to produce nanospheres capable of filtering a liquid such as water.