Nanotechnology: Legal Aspects

Patrick M. Boucher

March 28, 2008 by CRC Press
Reference - 272 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420053470 - CAT# 53477
Series: Perspectives in Nanotechnology


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  • Defines fundamental doctrines used to protect intellectual property such as patents, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Discusses how to acquire rights to specific products and produce them without infringing on copyrights
  • Describes existing regulatory doctrines that apply to the creation and use of nanotechnology products
  • Explains how to apportion responsibility for harms that might be caused by nanotechnology
  • Provides case studies and discussion questions in each chapter to illustrate theoretical concepts in a practical context


Existing laws have a generality that permits them to be applied to nanotechnology, but eventually it will be necessary to generate legislation targeted to issues specific to nanotechnology. As nanotechnology continues to develop into commercially viable products, legal doctrines are increasingly likely to play an important role in protecting intellectual property, facilitating financial transactions, and handling health, safety, and environmental issues.

Nanotechnology:  Legal Aspects provides thorough, yet comprehensible overview of different legal doctrines that are relevant to nanotechnology and explains how they may apply in the development, commercialization, and use of nano-products. The book is divided into three parts that correspond to the different phases in the lifecycle of nano-products: Protection, Regulation, and Liability. The in-depth coverage of these topics in a single source sets this work apart from others at the interface of law and nanoscience.

Accessible to those without specific training in either nanotechnology or law...

Nanotechnology:  Legal Aspects offers a reader-friendly and affordable alternative that appeals to nano-aware audiences as well as legal professionals, students, and scientists who wish to build a greater understanding of the legal aspects of nanotechnology.