China's nanotechnology patent applications
rank third in world
Oct 03, 2003
Patent application cases concerning nanotechnology
have grown rapidly in China over recent years, with the number following the
United States and Japan to take the world 's third place.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Science and
Technology ( MST), during the decade before 2001, China's total applications
for nanotechnology patents numbered less than 1,000. The figure soared in
the past two years and amounted to 12 percent of the world's total. China
now has more than 2,400 such patents.
China is one of the few countries which started
focusing research on nanometric materials in the 1990s. Currently, China's
research in nanometric materials and their applications, tunnel microscope
analysis and monatomic control, has approached the international advanced
level. However, domestic studies in nanometric electronics and nanometric
biomedicine still lag behind developed countries.