Canon Kabushiki Kaisha of Tokyo earned US Patent No. 6,476,215, “Ink jet method of spotting a probe and manufacturing a probe array.” The patent covers a method of spotting a probe densely and efficiently on a surface of a solid support. A liquid is attached as droplets by ink jet to form spots containing the probe.
Zyomyx of Hayward, Calif., was awarded US Patent No. 6,475,809, “Protein arrays for high-throughput screening.” The patent covers a design for protein arrays and protein-coated substrates where different members of a single protein family may be immobilized on the protein-coated substrate or array for parallel, high-throughput screening. The company also earned US Patent No. 6,475,808, “Arrays of proteins and methods of use thereof.” The patent covers arrays of organic thinfilms on a substrate surface holding different members of a single protein family.
Biolog of Hayward, Calif., has earned US Patent No. 6,387, 651, the company said this week. The patent was granted for comparative phenotypic analysis of two or more microorganisms, using a number of substrates within a microwell device. The patent covers methods and compositions for phenotypic analysis of eukaryotic as well as prokaryotic cells.