Integrating Technologies in a Material World

Materials science is an interdisciplinary field focused on inherent and engineered properties of matter and applications based on these properties in various areas of technology. Inventions based on materials science frequently represent the intersection of multiple traditional technology disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. By integrating experience in the study of materials science and engineering with expertise in these diverse technology disciplines, we are able to efficiently and comprehensively address intellectual property matters which involve aspects of materials science.

Examples of our experience with materials science innovations includes work on substrates including metals, polymers, ceramics, glasses, semiconductors, biocompatibles, and composites. We have experience with nanoscale-engineered materials, functionalized surfaces, and instruments used for material characterization and fabrication, for example.

We have used our integrated technological approach to secure patent protection for a variety of nanotechnology advances in areas such as biotechnology, cosmetics, nanolithography, optics, pharmaceuticals, and sensors. For example, our intellectual property guidance is relied upon by an emerging growth company whose use of nanoparticles to develop revolutionary plastic composite materials promises to transform the packaging of food and beverages.

Another area of materials science in which we have extensive experience is semiconductor fabrication. The production of semiconductor chips involves disciplines ranging from chemistry to electrical engineering to nanotechnology. Marshall, Gerstein & Borun helps chip makers with everything from patent prosecution to licensing agreements, involving the materials they use in their design and fabrication processes.