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IP Watch: Life Tech, Fluidigm, Hologic, Others Win US Patents

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Applied Biosystems (Life Technologies) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,975, "Methods and kits using extended rhodamine dyes."

Joe Lam, Scott Benson, and Steven Menchen are named as inventors.

Applied Biosystems has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,925, "Linear amplification of short nucleic acids."

Will Bloch is named as the inventor.

Applied Biosystems has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,730, "Sample substrate having a divided sample chamber and method of loading thereof."

Donald Sandell is named as the inventor.


Blood Cell Storage has been awarded US Patent No. 8,629,264, "Gravity flow fluidic device for nucleic acid extraction."

Michael Reed and Daniel Gestwick are named as inventors.


Medical Service Consultation International has been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,928, "Methods and compositions for detecting fungi and mycotoxins."

Dennis Hooper is named as the inventor.


Wako Pure Chemical Industries has been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,926, "Probe and primer for tubercle bacillus detection, and method of detecting human tubercle bacillus therewith."

Tomokazu Ishikawa is named as the inventor.


Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,924, "Methods and compositions for quantitative amplification and detection over a wide dynamic range."

Daniel Kacian and Kenneth Browne are named as inventors.


Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,628,923, "Single cell nucleic acid analysis."

Amy Hamilton, Min Lin, Alain Mir, and Martin Pieprzyk are named as inventors.

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