Bayer Sells Patents for Carbon Nanotubes
After concluding its research work on carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphenes, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Leverkusen, Germany, is divesting itself of fundamental intellectual property in this field. The company FutureCarbon GmbH, based in Bayreuth, Germany, will acquire, as leading provider of carbon-based composites, the bulk of the corresponding patents from the past ten years. The two parties have now signed an agreement to this effect. The financial details of the transfer will not be disclosed.
Researchers from Bayer MaterialScience had conducted substantial research and development work in the field of carbon nanotubes in collaboration with external partners in recent years. This included complex issues relating to safe production and methods for scaling up the production processes. Next-generation catalysts and new product grades were also developed.
Much of the knowledge gleaned over recent years was made available to other companies and research institutions within the Innovation Alliance for Carbon Nanotubes (Inno.CNT), which counts Bayer MaterialScience among its roughly 90 members. After Bayer MaterialScience announced the conclusion of its CNT projects in May 2013, various companies indicated their interest in making concrete use of intellectual property developed before the decision was made for FutureCarbon as ideal partner for taking over the accomplished knowledge.
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