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The IP is assigned to Microfluidic Systems, which applied for the patent in September 2005 and is in the process of being acquired by PositiveID in a deal worth up to $8.2 million.

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President Obama to name David Kappos as USPTO director; WIPO endorses James Pooley as deputy director general for patents; Indiana U tech-transfer office lures Marie Kerbeshian from UVA Patent Foundation as Miette Michie takes her place, and more …

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Research funding in Canada is to remain mostly the same, ScienceInsider reports.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.