Having featured multimode light detection technology as part of its screening systems for several years, Molecular Devices has finally collected the necessary IP to protect particular methods surrounding the technology.

Late last month, the company was awarded US Patent No. 6,825,921, entitled “Multi-mode light detection system.” According to Todd French, Molecular Devices’ director of research, the methods described in the patent pertain to the company’s Analyst line of screening systems, which includes the analyst GT, HT, and AD products.

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