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IP Watch: Becton Dickinson, Thermo Fisher, Bio-Rad, Others Win US Patents

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Becton Dickinson has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,199, "Use of an extraction control in a method of extracting nucleic acids."

Tobin Hellyer, Thomas Fort, and Ray McMillian are named as inventors.


Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) and the Department of Health and Human Services have been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,204, "Method for detecting the presence of a target nucleic acid sequence in a sample."

James Brown and Jonathan Silver are named as inventors.

Applied Biosystems has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,271, "Thermal cycling apparatus and method for providing thermal uniformity."

Hon Shin, Jew Ngui, Chee Lim, Ching Lau, Lim Tan, and Yang Kee are named as inventors.


Bio-Rad has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,205, "Methods and compositions for improving efficiency of nucleic acids amplification reactions."

Xiao-Song Gong, John Sullivan, Rongdian Fu, Yan Wang, Evan Bursey, and Man Cheng are named as inventors.


Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,206, "Digital amplification."

Bert Vogelstein and Kenneth Kinzler are named as inventors.


Quantibact has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,238, "Method for generating a double stranded nucleic acid with a single stranded overhang."

Uffe Schneider and Gorm Lisby are named as inventors.


The University of Central Florida has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,266, "Binary probe system for sensitive detection of target analytes."

Yuliva Gerasimova and Dmitry Kolpashchikov are named as inventors.


US Patent No. 8,859,748, "Nucleic acid amplification primers for PCR-based clonality studies," has been awarded to an unnamed entity.

Jacobus Van Dongen, Anthonie Langerak, Eduardus Schuuring, Jesus San Miquel, Ramon Garcia Sanz, Antonio Parreira, John Smith, Frances Lavender, Gareth Morgan, Paul Evans, Michael Kneba, Michael Hummel, Elizabeth Macintyre, and Christian Bastard are named as inventors.

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