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IP Watch: Epigenomics, Fluidigm, Sony, Life Tech, Others Win US Patents

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Korea Institute of Science and Technology has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,500, "Device and method for detecting biomolecules."

Sang Kyung Kim, Kyoungja Woo, and Yu Ri Choi are named as inventors.


Epigenomics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,503, "Method and nucleic acids for the analysis of colorectal cell proliferative disorders."

Peter Adorjan, Matthias Burger, Sabine Maier, Ralf Lesche, Susan Cottrell, and Theo De Vos are named as inventors.


Xiamen University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,504, "Method for detecting variations in nucleic acid sequences."

Qingge Li and Qiuying Huang are named as inventors.


Autogenomics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,508, "Concurrent analysis of multiple patient samples using solid phase addressable multiplex test with high signal-to-noise ratio."

Nanibhushan Dattagupta is named as the inventor.


Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,509, "Multi-primer amplification method for barcoding of target nucleic acids."

Andrew May, Peilin Chen, Jun Wang, Fiona Kaper, and Megan Anderson are named as inventors.


Sequenta has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,510, "Sequence analysis of complex amplicons."

Malek Faham, Martin Moorhead, and Thomas Willis are named as inventors.


Sony has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,559, "Micro channel, device for recovering nucleic acid and method for recovering nucleic acid."

Michihiro Ohnishi, Yuta Kan, and Tomoteru Abe are named as inventors.


Allelogic Biosciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,968, "Compositions and methods for the protection of nucleophilic groups."

Fei Mao, Xing Xin, and Wai-Yee Leung are named as inventors.


Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,969, "Isolation of nucleic acid."

Arne Deggerdal and Frank Larsen are named as inventors.


The Brigham and Women's Hospital has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,572, "Diagnosing, monitoring and treating inflammation."

Mark Feinberg is named as the inventor.


Spiber has been awarded US Patent No. 8,691,581, "Method of making a DNA tag."

Junichi Sugahara and Kazuhide Sekiyama are named as inventors.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has been awarded US Patent No. 8,694,263, "Method of identifying virtual representations of nucleotide sequences."

Michael Wigler, John Healy, and Robert Lucito are named as inventors.

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In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.