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IP Roundup: CalTech, QuantumDx, Fluidigm Win US Patents

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The California Institute of Technology has been awarded US Patent No. 8,871,446, "Microfluidic nucleic acid analysis."

Jong Wook Hong, Vincent Studer, French Anderson, Stephen Quake, and Jared Leadbetter are named as the inventors.


QuantumDx has been awarded US Patent No. 8,871,921, "Design, synthesis, and use of synthetic nucleotides comprising charge mass tags."

Jonathan O'Halloran is named as the inventor.


Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,874,273, "Analysis engine and database for manipulating parameters for fluidic systems on a chip."

Gang Sun, Greg Harris, Andy May, Kyle Self, Kevin Farrell, and Wyatt Paul are named as the inventors.

The Scan

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NFT of the Web

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