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IP Watch: Hologic, Roche, Qiagen, Samsung, Johns Hopkins, Others Win US Patents

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Samsung has been awarded US Patent No. 8,618,253, "Modified RNAse H and detection of nucleic acid amplification."

Win Den Chung and Jason Opdyke are named as inventors.


Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,615,368, "Method for determining the amount of analyte in a sample."

James Light, II, and James Carrick are named as inventors.


Steven Benner and Zunyi Yang have been awarded and are named as inventors on US Patent No. 8,614,072, "Polymerase incorporation of non-standard nucleotides."

Benner is a researcher at the Foundation of Applied Molecular Evolution and founder of startup company Firebird Molecular Sciences.


Roche Molecular Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,614,071, "Preferential amplification of mRNA over DNA using chemically modified primers."

Stephen Will, Lori Steiner, Alison Tsan, and Nicolas Newton are named as inventors.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,614,061, "Combination of fluorescent dyes for the detection of nucleic acids."

Brabetz Werner and Cornelia Weber are named as inventors on the patent.


Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,614,059, "Purification and concentration of proteins and DNA from complex sample using isotachophoresis and a device to perform the purification."

Charles Young is named as the inventor.

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