NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies and Nanosys have entered into a cross-licensing deal to share rights to intellectual property covering fluorescent nanocrystals, which are also called quantum dots.

The firms said that the deal is expected to result in the development of new tools to detect counterfeit products worldwide. The firms said that between them they have over 270 patents and applications, including 84 issued US patents, for using fluorescent nanocrystals.

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