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15 January 2013 Last updated at 01:04 ET

Graphene: Patent surge reveals global race

By David Shukman
Science editor, BBC News

A surge in research into the novel material graphene reveals an intensifying global contest to lead a potential industrial revolution.

Latest figures show a sharp rise in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene since 2007, with a further spike last year.

China leads the field as the country with the most patents.

The South Korean electronics giant Samsung stands out as the company with most to its name.

The figures, compiled by a UK-based patent consultancy, CambridgeIP, highlight how Britain, which pioneered research into graphene, may be falling behind its rivals.

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