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Nanoco Acquires Quantum Dot Patents From Kodak

UK QD firm bolsters IP portfolio for future electroluminescent displays market

Nanoco Group, a UK developer of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, has acquired a group of patents from the Eastman Kodak Company in connection with the use of quantum dots in electroluminescent displays, a future display technology.

This patent acquisition, which is in line with Nanoco's strategy of building its patent estate organically and by acquisition, reinforces the company's intellectual property position in quantum dot electroluminescent displays (QLED) in which quantum dots replace the current materials in organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays.

Nanoco is building a patent position in anticipation of many future applications of quantum dots including QLED, a technology that Nanoco has researched for almost ten years. Display sales in the medium term are expected to remain dominated by LCD technology, which is Nanoco's current commercial focus.

The commercial terms of the patent acquisition are undisclosed.

Michael Edelman, Nanoco's CEO, said: "This patent purchase from Kodak broadens our intellectual property estate and commercial position in future display technologies. The vast majority of current displays are based on LCD technology and we expect LCDs to dominate display sales in the near and medium term.

"In the longer term, QLED displays could challenge current OLED displays and we aim to have a strong competitive position in this space in preparation for any market change. Our current focus remains driving near term revenue from the supply to the LCD industry of the company's cadmium-free quantum dots manufactured and marketed by Nanoco and our licensees, Dow, Merck and Wah Hong."



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