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Nanoscale science promises to be a major component in the future growth of the global economy. Advances in nanotechnology are coming at a rapid-fire pace – greatly influencing the long-term outlook for a range of scientific and engineering disciplines. These advances have been fueled by a significant stream of research funds. Companies are investing over $4 billion yearly on nanotech research and development and the U.S. government alone has appropriated more than $3 billion in funding since 2000 – putting nanotech on course to become the one of the largest U.S. government-funded science initiative ever.

Greenberg Traurig’s multidisciplinary nanotechnology team has the strategic legal, technology and business experience required to address the increasingly complex needs of our nanotechnology clients in the global marketplace. We provide integrated legal services across nanotechnology platforms to help our clients meet their business objectives. Our experience encompasses a wide range of nanoscaled technologies and their applications within existing industries, including manufacturing, materials, electronics, medical devices and life sciences.

Corporate and Securities

  • Assist clients in procuring private or governmental funding
  • Advise venture capital firms, private equity fund sponsors, registered investment companies and investment managers and advisors in connection with capital formation, portfolio investment, asset management, capital raising and related commercial activities
  • Represent early to middle-stage technology and other companies from organization through implementation of their exit strategies (by means of public offering or strategic sale)

Environmental and Land Development

  • Advise on environmental compliance, enforcement, remediation and litigation issues affecting nanotechnology companies and medical and academic facilities
  • Represent major public and private universities and other non-profit entities
  • Represent companies that develop or manufacture products or seek to develop or expand their manufacturing operations

Intellectual Property


  • Assist clients in the strategic creation of patent portfolios
  • File and prosecute U.S. and international patent applications involving:
    • Atomic layer deposition
    • Nanotubes and nanocomposites
    • Nanoscale mechanical devices
    • Nanoparticles
    • Nanoporous membranes
    • Nanoarrays
    • Nanofluidics
    • Thin films
    • Quantum well infrared photo detectors
    • Manufacturing of nanostructures
    • Nanoelectronics and nanobio applications
  • Perform freedom to operate opinions


  • Advise on technology branding
  • Select trademarks and obtain and police trademark registrations
  • Oppose and petition to cancel third-party applications and registrations which may infringe on clients’ trademarks
  • Advise on protection and registration of domain names and domain name enforcement
  • Represent clients in dispute resolution of international and domestic trademark conflicts

Technology Transfer and Licensing

  • Assist in the acquisition and licensing of technology to enhance clients’ IP portfolios
  • Provide counsel on strategic business alliances and collaborations
  • Negotiate and draft marketing, distribution and technology transfer agreements
  • Help clients capitalize commercially on their IP rights

Food and Drug Administration/Regulatory

  • Develop legislative and regulatory strategies
  • Represent public and private entities before federal, state and local administrative and regulatory agencies, including the FDA
  • Advise clients on health care, antitrust, grant-making and consumer protection issues


  • Participate in nanotechnology organizations and initiatives at the national, state and local levels
  • Work with our governmental affairs practice to assist nanotechnology clients in complying with governmental regulations and policies

Global Trade

  • Work with global clients on trade policies, remedies, negotiations, disputes and other commercial issues
  • Represent clients in connection with executive and legislative decision making on trade issues in Washington and around the world
  • Negotiate international trade agreements to support our clients’ interests around the world

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