The Applera patent infringement lawsuit filed against Bio-Rad, MJ Research, and Stratagene last week — literally within hours of the company receiving US Patent No. 6,814,934, “Instrument for monitoring nucleic acid amplification” — may be the next step in an effort to protect its dominant position in PCR instrumentation.

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