By Bernadette Toner

This story was originally posted on Nov. 19.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all 12 claims in a key US patent related to real-time PCR thermal cycler technology that is assigned to Life Technologies' Applied Biosystems subsidiary.

The European Patent Office, meantime, last week issued a decision to maintain the European counterpart of the patent in an "amended form."

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