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IP Watch: Bio-Rad, Nanobiosym, Life Tech, Sony, Seegene, Samsung, Others Win US Patents

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Bio-Rad has been awarded US Patent No. 8,633,015, "Flow-based thermocycling system with thermoelectric cooler."

Kevin Ness, Donald Masquelier, Billy Colston, Jr, and Benjamin Hindson are named as inventors.


Nanobiosym has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,973, "Nano-PCR: methods and devices for nucleic acid amplification and detection."

Anita Goel is named as the inventor.


David Zhang has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,999, "Nucleic acid amplification methods."

Zhang is a professor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.


Sony has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,998, "Nucleic acid isothermal amplification method."

Tasuku Yotoriyama is named as the inventor.


Seegene has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,977, "Annealing control primer and its uses."

Jong-Yoon Chun is named as the inventor.


Life Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,975, "Nucleotide transient binding for sequencing methods ."

Peter Vander Horn, Cheng-Yao Chen, Guobin Luo, Michael Previte, Jamshid Temirov, Theo Nikiforov, Zhaohui Zhou, Hongye Sun, Yufang Wang, Stefanie Yukiko Nishimura, Hongyi Wang, Marian Peris, Barnett Rosenblum, and Michael Phelan are named as inventors.


Cascade Biosystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,974, "Detecting nucleic acid."

Kenneth Smith, Nina Yazvenko, and Mariya Smit are named as inventors.


Samsung has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,969, "Method and a device for detecting genes."

Jeo Young Shim, Jung Im Han, and Won Seok Chung are named as inventors.


Diagnostic Array Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,632,968, "Method for the detection and/or identification of a microorganism."

Viraj Perera and Benjamin Fry are named as inventors.


Toppan Printing has been awarded US Patent No. 8,633,032, "Nucleic acid extraction kit, nucleic acid extraction method, and nucleic acid extraction apparatus."

Shuichi Akashi and Ryoichi Asai are named as inventors.

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