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Among the claims, NeuMoDx has alleged that BD was kept up to date on the firm's technology as it was developed and that one of the patents was duplicitously expanded by BD.

The complaint alleges that NeuMoDx is willfully infringing on six BD-held patents, and demands injunctive relief, damages, and a jury trial.

HandyLab has been awarded

Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,473,216, "Method and program for performing baseline correction of amplification curves in a PCR experiment."
Gang Sun, Ramesh Ramakrishnan, and Robert Jones are named as inventors.

ABgene (Thermo Fisher) of Surrey, UK, has been awarded US Patent No. D679,830, "PCR multiwell plate."
Simon May, Jeffrey Coulling, Clive Harrison, and Nicola Burbidge are named as inventors.

Becton Dickinson has been awarded US Patent No. 8,324,364, "Compositions and methods for the identification of a carbapenemase gene."
Craig Whiteford and Charles Yu are named as inventors.

Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,275,556, "Method of quantifying polynucleotides using a stored calibration curve."
James Carrick is named as inventor on the patent.

This story has been updated from a previous version to include information about BD's ongoing assay-development partnership with Diagenode.

Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,219,366, "Determination of elbow values for PCR for parabolic shaped curves;" and US Patent No. 8,219,324, "Real-time PCR elbow calling by equationless algorithm."

Columbia University of New York has received US Patent No. 8,133,492, "Pneumococcus polysaccharide-related vaccines." Nitrocellulose-based or hydrogel-based microarrays and methods of making them are claimed.

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Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.