Versalis together with Genomatica and Novamont signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership to enable production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks. The partnership, on the basis of which a joint venture will be established, will develop a comprehensive end-to-end process for production of polymer-grade butadiene from biomass.
3DIcon Corporation and Dimension Technologies Inc. announced that they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent outlining the terms and conditions for 3DIcon to acquire Dimension Technologies.
Evigia Systems and Argonne National Laboratory announced that they have finalized a licensing agreement under which Argonne's patented, application-specific radio-frequency identification sensor/seal technology and its custom-developed ARG-US software suite will be further developed and marketed by Evigia as a comprehensive nuclear and hazardous material handling solution.
A drilling company in southwestern Pennsylvania has given researchers at National Energy Technology Laboratory access to a commercial drilling site, a move that may provide some of the first solid answers to a controversial question: Can gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water?
Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH and Olympus America Inc. have signed a nonexclusive worldwide licensing agreement allowing Carl Zeiss to access an extensive portfolio of patents held by Olympus in the field of digital pathology and virtual microscopy.
Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect, a company that specializes in cloud-based social intelligence solutions that enable organizations to monitor, understand, and respond to consumers' conversations on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The Morgan Crucible Company plc announced the signing of a joint development agreement between its wholly owned subsidiary, MorganAM&T Inc., and Boston-Power Inc. to accelerate development and commercialization of MorganAM&T's advanced anode technologies based on metal-loaded carbon nanoparticles.
BASF has declared the purchase of the Mazzaferro Group's polyamide (PA) polymer business based in Brazil. Through this acquisition, the position of BASF has been strengthened with respect to polyamide polymers and engineering plastics in South America.
Reinnervate Ltd and Roslin Cellab, two U.K. companies in the fields of 3D cell culture and stem cell biology, announced that they will join forces to develop protocols for the 3D growth of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).
Industrial biotechnology companies rely heavily on patents to attract investment to fund R&D. The recent America Invents Act stands to have a significant impact on technology innovators such as biotech firms, and two recently published papers from patent law experts help explain the extent of these shifts.
The government wants you to install solar panels at your house, and will even give you a tax break to do it. But your neighbors? Maybe not. Homeowners associations around the country have banned or severely restricted the installation of solar panels, and the solar industry has pushed back to halt the practice.
EOS announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Phenix Systems. The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,753,274 and 6,042,774 through the manufacture, sale, and use of the PXL, PXM, PXS, and PXS Dental product lines from Phenix in the U.S.
Google and Oracle faced off in court in San Francisco on Monday, with Oracle intending to rely heavily on Google’s own internal emails to build its case. The dispute hinges on Oracle's allegations that Google's widely used Android software for mobile devices infringes on copyrights and patents that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems Inc. for $7.3 billion in 2010.
Kyocera Corporation, Kyoto, Japan, has acquired LCD manufacturer Optrex Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, to form Kyocera Display Corporation. The acquisition will enable Kyocera to complement its range of resistive and capacitive type touchscreen panels with Optrex's touchscreen bonding capabilities.
The Supreme Court this week threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented. The court overturned patents belonging to Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has licensed its microbial detection array technology to a St. Louis, Mo.-based company, MOgene LC, a supplier of DNA microarrays and instruments. Known formally as the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA), the technology could enable professionals to detect within 24 hrs any virus or bacteria that has been sequenced and included among the array's probes.
ColdQuanta Inc. of Boulder, Colo., and the University of Colorado have finalized an agreement allowing ColdQuanta to commercialize cutting-edge physics research developed by CU-Boulder and SRI International. The licensed technology centers on Bose-Einstein Condensate, or BEC, a new form of matter created just above absolute zero.
Waters Corporation and Protea Biosciences Group Inc. announced a co-marketing agreement enabling customers of Waters SYNAPT G2 & G2-S HDMS systems to take advantage of Protea's LAESI DP-1000. The combination of the technologies enables laboratories to perform fast and direct analyses of biological samples.
The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Census Bureau has revamped and expanded their Business R&D and Innovation Survey, which collects information from a nationally representative sample of about 40,000 companies. The results indicate that trademarks and trade secrets are the most important form of intellectual property protection, ahead of copyrights and patents.
Oracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Taleo Corp. Together, Oracle and Taleo expect to create a comprehensive cloud offering for organizations to manage their human resource operations and employee careers.
Tecan has partnered with Artel to offer the QC Kit, a fully integrated performance verification solution for its Freedom EVO liquid handling workstations. The QC Kit incorporates Artel's Ratiometric Photometry technology within the Freedom EVO system.
John Delaney, an attorney with experience in toxic and environmental torts and a founding member of the law firm Delany & O’Brien in Philadelphia, has recently published guide to the legal implications of nanotechnology. He pays particular attention to carbon nanotubes and nanometal oxides, and notably argues for tort reform in anticipation of potential legal actions.
Bruker AXS GmbH announced that it has acquired the assets of Hecus X-ray Systems GmbH. The acquisition will enable Bruker to expand its product offering for SAXS with the former Hecus MICROcaliX product line, which won an R&D 100 award in 2011 for its combination of laboratory SAXS and microcalorimetry.
Internet users quickly learned about the standoff between technology companies and Hollywood on Wednesday. Google blacked out its name, Reddit shut down for 12 hours, and Wikipedia blacked out its main site for the full day. At issue are two congressional proposals intended to limit online piracy of movies and TV programs.
American Auto-Matrix announced that it resolved its patent infringement lawsuit against TSI Inc. with an amicable and mutually beneficial settlement. The lawsuit, which had been pending in federal court since May 17, 2010, involved AMM’s U.S. Patent number 5,764,579, entitled “System for Controlling Laboratories with Fume Hoods”.