Graphene is a crystalline form of carbon in which a single layer of carbon atoms are arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern. It is very strong, light, and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. It is also nearly transparent. The media refer to graphene as “the miracle material” and the public profile was boosted in 2010 when the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”.
In 2011 and 2013 the Informatics team at the Intellectual Property Office analysed patenting activity relating to graphene, following a noticeable increase in the number of graphene-related patent applications filed in the UK. Given strong growth, the continuing high-profile nature of graphene and its apparent interest to scientists, technologists and policy-makers alike, an updated report has been produced looking at the worldwide graphene patent landscape in 2015 and how it has changed since the last report.
The search strategy file provides outline details of the search performed in the worldwide patent databases. The resulting patents were then extracted and used to perform the analysis contained in the main report.
The CSV file provides a list of the raw publication numbers of the patents analysed in the main report and has been provided to allow researchers to undertake further analysis if they wish.