Palo Alto Research Center of Palo Alto, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,241,509, "Capillary-channel probes for liquid pickup, transportation and dispense using stressy metal." The patent describes fluidic conduits that can be used in microarraying systems, dip pen nanolithography systems, fluidic circuits, and microfluidic systems. These conduits rely on channel spring probes that include at least one capillary channel and are formed from spring beams that curve away from the substrate when released.

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