Eppendorf said last week that it has licensed patents covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to Bibby Scientific.

The license includes US Patent No. 6,767,512, entitled "Temperature-regulating block with temperature-regulating devices;" and No. 7.074,367, entitled "Thermostated block with heat-regulating devices."

Staffordshire, UK-based Bibby uses the technology in its TC Plus Thermal Cyclers. Meantime, Eppendorf uses the technology in its own Mastercycler Pro Gradient, Mastercycler Gradient, and Mastercycler EP Realplex models.

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