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).
Four months ago the U.S. government sought to block publication of two studies about how scientists created an easily spread form of bird flu. Now a revised version of one paper is seeing the light of day with the government's blessing. The second paper, which is more controversial because it involves what appears to be a more dangerous virus, is expected to be published later.
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.
Shortly after Tuesday's release of the long-awaited Google Drive service, technology blogs and Twitter users were picking apart a legal clause that made it sound as if all the users' content stored in Google Drive automatically would become the intellectual property of Google Inc. As it turns out, the worries are probably unfounded.
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.
Financially troubled Proview Electronics Co., a computer monitor and LED light maker, says it registered the iPad trademark in China and elsewhere more than a decade ago and wants Apple to stop selling or making the popular tablet computers under that name. Whatever the outcome, the dispute highlights the rising stakes of the trademark name game in the increasingly lucrative China consumer market, one that most global companies cannot afford to miss out on regardless of the risks.
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”.
Plessey Semiconductors announced that it has agreed to a product licensing agreement with Intel Corp. and a share warrant agreement with Intel Capital. Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Plessey will be licensed to manufacture, sell, and support a select number of products in Intel's digital tuner portfolio.
FEI announced that it has acquired ASPEX Corporation of Delmont, Pa. ASPEX provides rugged scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and related services for environmentally demanding military, industrial, and factory floor applications.
Honeywell announced that it has signed a five-year contract extension with Sigma-Aldrich, under which Honeywell will continue to supply high-purity solvents and reagents to Sigma-Aldrich.
N.E. Chemcat Corporation has licensed electrocatalysts developed by scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory that can reduce the use of costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles. In addition, the license includes innovative methods for making the catalysts and an apparatus design used in manufacturing them.