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IP Watch: Canon, Beckman Coulter, Raindance, Others Win US Patents

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Beckman Coulter has been awarded US Patent No. 8,840,848, "System and method including analytical units."

Charles Kraihanzel is named as the inventor.


Korea Materials & Analysis Corporation has been awarded US Patent No. 8,841,069, "Dendron-mediated DNA virus detection."

Chi-Bom Chae, Kyung-Tae Kim, and Seong-Suk Hur are named as inventors.


Raindance Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,841,071, "Sample multiplexing."

Darren Link is named as the inventor.


University of California, Oakland has been awarded US Patent No. 8,841,072, "Methods and compositions for detection and analysis of polynucleotides using light harvesting multichromophores."

Guillermo Bazan, Brent Gaylord, and Shu Wang are named as inventors.


Canon has been awarded US Patent No. 8,841,093, "Devices and methods for monitoring genomic DNA of organisms."

Toru Takahashi and Hiroshi Inoue are named as inventors.


Physicians Choice Laboratory Services has been awarded US Patent No. 8,841,095, "Detection of nucleic acids and proteins."

Anthony Shuber is named as the inventor.

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