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IP Watch: Bio-Rad, Canon US Life Sciences, Akonni, Biological Dynamics, Others Win US Patents

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Biological Dynamics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,603,791, "Nucleic acid sample preparation."

Rajaram Krishnan, David Charlot, Eugene Tu, James McCanna, Lucas Kumosa, Paul Swanson, Robert Turner, Kai Yang, Irina Dobrovolskaya, and David Liu are named as inventors.


Bio-Rad has been awarded US Patent No. 8,606,527, "SNP detection by melt curve clustering."

Thomas Houser is named as the inventor.


Canon US Life Sciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,606,529, "High-resolution melting analysis."

Deborah Boles, Kenton Hasson, and Sami Kanderian are named as inventors.


Akonni Biosystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,603,783, "Temperature control device with a flexible temperature control surface."

Phillip Belgrader, Christopher Cooney, Robert Doebler, Anna Hickerson, Bruce Irvine, Ali Nadim, James Sterling, and Reza Miraghaie are named as inventors.


Timothy Liu of Fremont, Calif., has been awarded and is named as the inventor on US Patent No. 8,603,743, "Multiplex nucleic acid detection methods and systems."

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