IP Watch: Cepheid, Illumina, Sequenom, Bio-Rad, Others Win US Patents | GenomeWeb

Cepheid has been awarded US Patent No. 8,709,363, "Cartridge for conducting a chemical reaction."

Kurt Petersen, William McMillan, Farzad Pourahmadi, Ronald Chang, and Douglas Dority are named as inventors.

Illumina has been awarded US Patent No. 8,709,717, "Generation of uniform fragments of nucleic acids using patterned substrates."

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