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.
Creative entrepreneurial spirit re-emerged as a positive outcome of the deep recession, with economic recovery led by a new generation of entrepreneurs who started businesses based upon the products of their minds. These products are protected by intellectual property (IP) rights. In the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, intellectual property rights are at risk if an entrepreneur were engaged in IP litigation.
Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. announced a new benchmark in NAND Flash technology—the world's first 20 nm, 128 Gb, multilevel-cell (MLC) device. The companies also announced mass production of their 64 Gb 20 nm NAND, which further extends the companies' leadership in NAND process technology.
IBM and Micron Technology Inc. announced that Micron will begin production of a new memory device built using the first commercial CMOS manufacturing technology to employ through-silicon vias. IBM's advanced TSV chip-making process enables Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube to achieve speeds 15 times faster than today's technology.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has signed option agreements with three companies that will lead to products designed to increase the storage capacity of batteries used to power portable devices and electric vehicles, reduce the cost of fuel cells used to generate electricity from hydrogen, and detect pests hidden behind walls in buildings.
Reinnervate and Mirus Bio announced a commercial agreement to launch a new range of products for the transfection of cells cultured in 3D. Under the agreement, Mirus will produce and sell kits combining TransIT-3D Transfection Reagent, alvetex 3D cell culture plates, and detailed protocols for achieving transfection of selected cell lines growing in 3D.
FEI announced that it has acquired TILL Photonics, a Munich, Germany-based company that provides high-resolution digital light microscopes and high-speed imaging systems for live cell fluorescence microscopy.
Leica Microsystems has signed an agreement with the Max Planck Society and the German Cancer Research Center for the development of the next generation of super-resolution STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscopy.
Cabot Corporation has added graphene technology to its portfolio through an intellectual property licensing agreement with XG Sciences Inc. Under the agreement, Cabot will license intellectual property rights to XG's xGnP graphene nanoplatelets technology, including detailed know-how regarding the manufacturing process.
Oxford Instruments plc, a provider of high-technology tools and systems for industry and research, announced the acquisition of Platinum Medical Imaging LLC.