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IP Watch: Siemens, Roche, Novozymes, Qiagen, Others Win US Patents

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Stratec Molecular has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,060, "Method for isolating high-purity RNA by means of paramagnetic microparticles and nanoparticles."

Hans Joos is named as the inventor.


Beacon Biotechnology has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,062, "Chemiluminescence proximity nucleic acid assay"

Anthony West and Millard Cull are named as inventors.


Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,063, "Methods and reagents for genotyping HCV."

Marcellinus Beld, Remko Gouw, Toumy Guettouche, James Hnatyszyn, and Carola van der Meer are named as inventors.


CapitalBio Corporation and Tsinghua University have been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,067, "Asymmetric PCR amplification, its special primer and application."

Zhiwei Zhang, Can Wang, Lingxiang Zhu, Qiong Zhang, and Jing Cheng
are named as inventors.


AJ Innuscreen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,068, "Method and test kit comprising citric acid salt and alcohol in a binding buffer for the separation, purification and recycling of long- and short-chain nucleic acids."

Timo Hillebrand is named as the inventor.


The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,103, "Natural convection-driven PCR apparatus and method using disposable polymer chip."

Kwang-Hyo Chung, Dae-Sik Lee, Hyeon-Bong Pyo, and Seon-Hee Park are named as inventors.


Spartan Bioscience has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,104, "Direct nucleic acid analysis."

Chris Harder, Kelly Jackson, Samantha Prevost, Hannah Bernatchez, Paul Lem, Martin Cloake, Ningke Kuang, and Colin Davis are named as inventors.


Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,120, "DNA polymerases with increased 3'-mismatch discrimination."

Fred Reichert, Keith Bauer, Thomas Myers, Nancy Schoenbrunner, and Joseph San Filippo are named as inventors.

Roche was also awarded US Patent No. 8,735,121, "DNA polymerases with increased 3'-match discrimination."

Fred Reichert, Keith Bauer, and Thomas Myers are named as inventors.


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,329, "Markers and diagnostic methods for metastasis."

Bart Landuyt, Liliane Schoofs, and Walter Luyten are named as inventors.


Novozymes has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,563, "Polynucleotides having promoter activity."

Hiroshi Teramoto and Hiroaki Udagawa are named as inventors.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,735,564, "Fast results hybrid capture assay and system."

Paul Eder, Eric Payne, Irina Nazarenko, Suganthi Ramachandran, Arvind Virmani, and Laura Bell are named as inventors.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.