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.
In the last year, Hamburg, Germany-based Eppendorf has licensed the '512 and '367 patents to a number of life science companies, including Analytik Jena, Takara Bio, Bulldog Bio, Roche, and Labnet.