The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers valuable IP-related business resources through an intellectual property (IP) attaché program. The program is structured to generally improve IP policies, laws and regulations abroad for the benefit of U.S. businesses and stakeholders, while providing country-specific IP-related materials and services to teach and inform. However, the program also makes representatives available who can act as points of contact for U.S. businesses to guide actions and to provide interactions with foreign governmental entities to addresses country-specific IP-related legal issues.…
Wednesday’s Federal Register carried a notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extending the comment period for proposed methods of collecting information regarding the use of nanoscale materials in pesticides published in the Federal Register of June 17, 2011. The original deadline for submitting comments was July 18, 2011. The deadline for submission has been extended to august 17, 2011.
The 30 day extension was requested by four commenters – Croplife America, a trade group repsenting " the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States", the American Chemical Council, the Chemical Producers and Distributors Association, a trade group "representing the interests of generic pesticide registrants, with a membership that includes manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of pesticide products", and theInternational Center for Technology Assessment, "a non-profit, bi-partisan organization committed to providing the public with full assessments and analyses of technological impacts on society". The comments may beviewed on Regulations.gov.
Information on submitting comments is available from either the original notice or the notice published on Wednesday.…
California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) held a conference today during which they identified the next six nanoscale materials they intend to target in their second round of data call ins. Regular readers may remember that CDTSC targeted 26 manufacturers/importers of carbon nanotubes with its first data call in in 2009.
In addition to identifying the nanoscale materials which will be the subject of the data call in, CDTSC also provided a preliminary list of manufacturers/importers that will receive the data call in, as well as the proposed questions they will be asked. We cover each material below.
CDTSC also indicated that carbon nanotube manufacturers/importers will receive a second round of data call in questions.
CDTSC plans to issue all of these new data call ins sometime before the end of the year. Stay tuned . . .
Proposed Questions: What is the chemical composition of your nanosilver material? What is particle size of your nanosilver material used? What is the concentration of nanosilver used in your material? What are the instrumental techniques used to characterize your nanosilver material?What are the analytical methods used in your nanosilver material? How do you measure and monitor fate and transport after useful life of your nanosilver material? How do you detect, measure and monitor releases during facility operations?
Preliminary Recipients: Nano Composix, Cambrios Technologies, Seashell Technology, Sun Innovations, Stanford Materials, MTI Corporation.
Nano Zero Valent Iron
Proposed Questions: What are the analytical methods for assessment of toxic effects and safe uses of nano zero valent iron across its …
It might be tempting to think of nanotechnology and emerging nanoindustries as events that are taking place primarily or even exclusively in the US and Western Europe. As these three articles show, the rest of the world is joining in.
"NCKU to investigate health threats of nanotechnology" http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2009/03/23/2003439152
"Introducing nanotechnology to industries" http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2009/03/22/new39.asp
"Good things are coming in very small packages" http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1237461638118&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull…
SafeNano is reporting that a new effort for global research for nanotoxicology issues was announced earlier this week at NanoTox 2008. This new, international research alliance is tasked with the "creation of protocols for a limited number of toxicology tests on a small number of representative nanoparticles to enable a ‘round robin’ study in which identical results will be sought. This will involve at least the use of nanomaterials and biologicals from a common source and a single set of protocols." The group is The International Alliance for NanoEHS Harmonization (IANH) and will include researchers from the United States, the European Union, and Japan.…
The first phase of EPA’s voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) closes on Monday. For those keeping track, the most up-to-date NMSP participation statistics as of July 24, 2008 follow. It is shaping up to be a very respectable list of participants.
Submissions Under Basic Program: (9 submissions – covering 68 nanoscale materials) DuPont; Nanophase Technologies Corporation; Nantero; Office ZPI; Quantum Sphere; Strem Chemicals; Swan Chemicals Inc.; Unidym; and one Confidential Business Information Submission.
Commitments to Submit Information Under Basic Program: (11) Arkema; BASF Corporation; Bayer Material Science; Dow Chemical; Evonik/Degussa; General Electric; International Carbon Black Association; Nanocyl North America; PPG Industries; Sasol North America; and Synthetic Amorphous Silica and Silicate Industry Association.
Commitments to Participate in the In-Depth Program: (2) Swan Chemicals Inc.; and Unidym.…
According to a FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin dated October 30, 2006, Philippe Martin, principal administrator for the EC’s nanotechnology and policy efforts, recently advocated international cooperation and self-regulation in the world-wide nanotechnology industry. Martin was quoted as saying that the “U.S. industry’s ‘catch me if you can’ approach to dealing with regulators is not useful.”
I am sure U.S. industry takes issue with Martin’s characterization of its self-regulation efforts.
For proposed international approach to nanotechnology regulation see: (1) Abbott, Kenneth W., Gopalan, Sandeep, Marchant, Gary E. and Sylvester, Douglas J., "International Regulatory Regimes for Nanotechnology" (June 8, 2006); (2) Sylvester, Douglas J., Abbott, Kenneth W. and Marchant, Gary E., "A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology?" (August 21, 2006); and (3) Marchant, Gary E. and Sylvester, Douglas J., "Transnational Models for Regulation of Nanotechnology" Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Forthcoming .…