Key Eikos Patent Strengthened and Confirmed During Re-exam by USPTO
FRANKLIN, MA (July 3, 2009) - The Re-examination of United States Patent No. 7,060241 entitled “Coatings Comprising Carbon nanotubes and Methods for Forming Same” issued to Eikos, Inc. on June 13, 2006 (the “Eikos Patent”) has been ended by the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office and resulted in the expected confirmation of the patentability of “all” of its 107 claims and, in addition, the inclusion of ten new claims that further strengthen and solidify Eikos's patent position on transparent and highly conductive carbon nanotubes films for touch screen and other applications. No other publicly available United States patent or patent application contains as detailed a disclosure or provides such broad a coverage as this Patent.
Overall, the reexamination process was very beneficial to Eikos for clearly defining the value of small-diameter nanotubes in conductive coatings and, in conjunction with the efforts of the USPTO, served to define this entire IP space. With this successful conclusion to the reexamination, the Eikos Patent has now been confirmed as the most important patent in the field of carbon nanotube films and coatings and is expected to contribute to nearly all practical applications having to do with highly conductive and transparent carbon nanotube films for displays, photovoltaic (solar) cells and other electronics.