Seiko Epson of Tokyo has received US Patent No. 7,175,254, “Liquid ejecting apparatus and method for cleaning the same.” The patent claims a liquid-ejecting apparatus that can be used in the fabrication of biochips. According to the patent’s abstract, the apparatus includes a liquid-ejecting head having nozzles for ejecting a liquid, a wiping member wiping an opening portion of the nozzle, a carriage mounted with the liquid-ejecting head, and an inclined plate mounted on the carriage at a predetermined space from the liquid ejecting head.

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