DxNA of St. George, Utah, has been awarded US Patent No. 7,993,910, "Methods and apparatus for amplification of DNA using sonic energy."
William Bickmore and Danvern Ray Roberts are named as inventors on the patent.
A recent workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine highlighted the significant hurdles that sequencing technology faces as it moves into clinical practice, but also revealed a range of approaches labs could take to address these issues in the short term.
The researchers, Ron Davis and Nader Pourmand, maintain that Stanford's Office of Technology Licensing failed to protect their invention by not involving them in the licensing process, which the office did to prevent conflicts of interest.
The high court has ruled in favor of Roche, saying that just because university-based research may been funded by federal dollars it does not override more than 200 years of patent law and take away the rights to a patent from its inventor.