International Year of Chemistry 2011

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About the year

The United Nations has designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) with the theme: "Chemistry - our life, our future". During the IYC 2011, people around the globe are celebrating the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.

Technology stories

The technology stories presented here demonstrate the function of patents as an essential element in providing the patentee with a competitive advantage.

Achievements in chemistry

In this section examiners describe the impact of inventions in the field of chemistry that have been nominated for - or won - the European Inventor Award.


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