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

Only identified in 2004, graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms making it the thinnest material ever created and offering huge promise for a host of applications from IT to energy to medicine.

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

China leads the field as the country with the most graphene patents (2,204) while the Korean electronics giant Samsung stands out as the company with most to its name.

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