Iran among Top Leading Countries in Nanotechnology

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12:33

As the basic research and development "nanotechnology" today is happening in laboratories all over the world and Iran has made significant advances in this field and is among the top countries in the world.

According to an ISCA report, based on a new list of top innovative countries in 2019, Iran ranked 24th in the world in the high-tech field of nanotechnology; also according to Web of Science, Iran ranked fourth in nanotechnology in the world by publishing 8,791 articles in the field.

A report published by StatNano shows that around 365,000 published patent applications were filed at both the USPTO (the US Patent and Trademark Office) and the EPO (the European Patent Office) during the first 9 months of 2019, of which more than 10,300 – 2.8 percent – were in the field of nanotechnology; however, nanotechnology accounts for the 10 percent of the world's total scientific publications.

According to Figure 1, which illustrates the share of nanotechnology patents in the total patents published by different countries in 2019, in a number of them such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, nanotechnology patents account for the exceptionally large percentages of their total patents, even though neither of them has a large number of total nanotechnology patents compared to the top 20 countries listed in table 1. For instance, 18 out of 93 patents published by Iran at the USPTO in 2019 were in the field of nanotechnology, comprising around 19 percent of the total, which reveals the country places a high priority on nanotechnology.

While this parameter is 16 percent for Saudi Arabia, it is 5.8 percent for Singapore, the third country in this respect (Figure 1), and 3.1, 4.9, and 1.4 percent respectively for the USA, South Korea, and Japan, the top 3 countries in terms of the total number of nanotechnology patents in 2019 (Table 1).

Figure 1. The share of nanotechnology patents in the total patents published by different countries in 2019.

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Statnano Nanotechnology Published Patent Applications in USPTO (Patent) Indicator

Statnano Nanotechnology Published Patent Applications in EPO (Patent) Indicator

Statnano Share of Nanotechnology Patent Applications to Total Patent Applications Indicator (%)

According to Ja'far Mehrad, the USA possesses the world’s most active market for innovations in the field of nanotechnology, in so far as more than 8,900 nanotechnology patents of 2019 were filed at the USPTO. In addition to the USA and Europe, China and South Korea are also considered by the innovators and patent assignee of nanotechnology and nanoscience areas, but given the limitation of their offices’ search engines, it is not possible to search and gather information about various countries’ patents in these offices.

According to Ja'far Mehrad, the Islamic Republic of Iran had 18 nanotechnologies published patent applications at the USPTO and the EPO until the end of September 2019. The corresponding figure for Iran from 2014 to 2018 is 13, 23, 27, 25, 42. This compares very favorably with other Muslim countries. For example, Turkey had 4, 7, 18, 13, 29, 11 nanotechnologies published patent applications at the USPTO and the EPO in the period 2014 to 2019.

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