Maven Technologies of Los Angeles, Calif., has received US Patent No 6,882,420, "Apparatus and method for imaging." The patent relates to the imaging of a biochip and is useful in applications that optically gather expression profile data. The invention covered by the patent describes methods for directing a polarized light beam through a transparent substrate and until it undergoes total internal reflection (TIR) at the surface of the substrate by a single reflection within the TIR member.

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