Von Ehr on premature nano regulation, excessive patents

Sonia Miller of the New York Law Journal interviews big names in nanotech on Law.com. Excerpts: "Q [to Jim Von Ehr]: Do you believe nanotechnology should be regulated?] A: I believe in markets. Sometimes you have to regulate where there is a market failure. There is no market failure in nanotechnology. It's too early to regulate. If we prematurely regulate nanotechnology, we shut down our ability to innovate and develop the next industrial revolution…Q [again to Jim]: What, in your belief, are some anticipated legal implications of nanotechnology? A: Patents concern me greatly, particularly in nanotubes. There are so many patents being issued. I fear that we are setting ourselves up for many years of IP lawsuits. This will have a chilling effect on innovation."

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