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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Nano Litigation?

Nano-Proprietary files Declaratory Judgment Action against Cannon. Whether this related to nanotechnology cannot be determined by the press release but this may be the first big time nanotech lawsuit

Nano-Proprietary is seeking a declaratory judgment that new SED color television products, scheduled to be manufactured by Canon and/or Toshiba beginning in August 2005, are not covered under a 1999 patent license agreement between Canon and Nano-Proprietary. Nano-Proprietary alleges that Canon is improperly using Nano-Proprietary's patented technology to produce surface conductor electron emitter display screens (SED) for a new generation of flat screen color televisions.

Nano-Proprietary also asserts that a joint venture formed by Canon and Toshiba Corporation to produce the SED display screens, SED, Inc., is not a licensed subsidiary under the 1999 agreement and that Canon is improperly transferring its license rights under Nano-Proprietary's patents to the joint venture and Toshiba. Nano-Proprietary also alleges that Canon's representation to the industry that it is licensed violates federal false advertising statutes.

The Nano-Proprietary portfolio includes 3 US Patents and 13 published US Patent Applications. Marc Eller, Chairman and CEO of Nano-Proprietary refers to this as "a very strong and pervasive patent portfolio that applies to several multibillion dollar industries, of which this is one." As I have noted before it is difficult to determine the true size of a patent portfolio because patents may be licensed in or assigned without showing up in the Patent Office database.

Nano-Proprietary, Inc. is a holding company consisting of two wholly owned operating subsidiaries. Applied Nanotech Inc. is a premier research and commercialization organization dedicated to developing applications for nanotechnology with an extremely strong position in the field of electron emission applications from carbon film/nanotubes. Electronic Billboard Technology, Inc. (EBT) possesses technology related to electronic digitized sign technology. Neither Applied Nanotech nor Electronic Billboard Technology is listed as assignee of any U.S. patents.


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