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IP Watch: Lawrence Livermore, Thermo Fisher, Qiagen, Rheonix, Others Win US Patents

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Lawrence Livermore National Security has been awarded US Patent No. 8,720,209, "Solid state rapid thermocycling."

Neil Beer and Christopher Spadaccini are named as inventors.


Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,721,972, "Device for the carrying out of chemical or biological reactions."

Wolfgang Heimberg, Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Knulle, Markus Schurf, and Tilmann Wagner are named as inventors.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,328, "Methods, compositions, and kits for recovery of nucleic acids or proteins from fixed tissue samples."

Yuri Khripin, Arvind Virmani, and Lori Kobayashi are named as inventors.


Rheonix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,329, "Microfluidic device-based nucleic acid purification method."

Lincoln Young, Peng Zhou, Gwendolyn Spizz, and Rubina Yasmin are named as inventors.


The Mayo Foundation has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,330, "Collecting and processing complex macromolecular mixtures."

David Ahlquist, Jonathan Harrington, Hongzhi Zou, Patrick Quint, and William Taylor are named as inventors.


Rutgers has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,333, "GSTP1 as teratogenic allele for autism and assays and methods based thereon."

William Johnson and Edward Stenroos are named as inventors.


The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,334, "Analysis for nucleic acids by digital PCR."

Yuk Lo and Rossa Chiu are named as inventors.


The Translational Genomics Research Institute and Northern Arizona University have been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,335, "Methods and kits used in the detection of fungus."

Cindy Liu, Sergey Kachur, Lance Price, and Paul Keim are named as inventors.


Sequenom has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,336, "Restriction endonuclease enhanced polymorphic sequence detection."

Mathias Ehrich and Dirk Van Den Boom are named as inventors.


Case Western Reserve University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,350, "Methods and compositions for categorizing patients."

Sanford Markowitz is named as the inventor.


Phigenix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,367, "Detecting PAX2 for the diagnosis of breast cancer."

Carlton Donald is named as the inventor.


Population Genetics Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,368, "Method for preparing a counter-tagged population of nucleic acid molecules."

James Casbon, Sydney Brenner, Robert Osborne, Conrad Lichtenstein, and Andreas Claas are named as inventors.


Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,380, "DNA polymerases with increased 3'-mismatch discrimination."

Fred Reichert, Keith Bauer, and Thomas Myers are named as inventors.


US Patent No. 8,722,394, "Laboratory apparatus with an arrangement for the tempering of samples and method of tempering samples," has been awarded to an unspecified organization.

Henner Tasch, Andreas Schirr, and Lutz Timmann are named as inventors. The inventors work for Eppendorf, according to a corresponding European patent.


Nuevolution has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,583, "Method for selecting a chemical entity from a tagged library."

Alex Gouliaev and Thomas Franch are named as inventors.


US Patent No. 8,722,585, "Methods of making di-tagged DNA libraries from DNA or RNA using double-tagged oligonucleotides," has been awarded.

Yan Wang is named as the inventor.


The University of Texas has been awarded US Patent No. 8,722,871, "VMP-like sequences of pathogenic borrelia species and strains."

Steven Norris is named as the inventor.

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