NEW YORK, May 18 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Patent and Trademark Office has determined that Agilent Technologies may not have been the first to the patent office, but it did beat the University of California in developing an improved method of mass spectrometry, and therefore deserves a patent for the technology.
Based on the USPTO ruling, "most of the claims" of a
Agilent said that the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals ruled in its favor in an interference proceeding regarding its 1998 patent application covering atmospheric pressure matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (AP-MALDI), a method that permits ionization to take place at atmospheric pressure, eliminating the need for a high vacuum.
The proceeding -- conducted to determine priority of invention between contested patent applications - was held on Feb. 19 to address the dispute between Agilent and the
Three administrative patent judges awarded priority to Agilent "after evaluating the evidence surrounding the independent inventions of the two parties," Agilent said.