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Motorola has signed a licensing agreement with Incyte giving it first access to Incyte's gene sequencing databases and gene patent portfolio for the commercialization of DNA bioarrays...Genomica will license its genetic-analysis object model to Applied Biosystems under a recent software technology agreement...Separately, Applied Biosystems has made a $3 million equity investment in Genomica...MKS Instruments, a supplier of analysis products for the semiconductor industry, has acquired D.I.P. for its digital control network products...Life Technologies will participate in an Advanced Technology Program from the National Institute of Standards and Technology that aims to allow tens of thousands of assays to be performed simultaneously in a single tube and analyzed as a group, expanding upon Luminex's LabMAP technology for DNA analysis...Luminex has also granted Life Technologies worldwide rights for the development and distribution of reagents, kits, and instruments needed to perform virtual array assays...Hitachi has gained the exclusive rights to sell MolSoft's genome analysis software in Japan...Incyte's Genomic Knowledge Platform will integrate IBM's DiscoveryLink data management software...

Products:

Bruker Daltonics unveiled its autoflex AnchorChips 1536, the first MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry system designed for very high sample throughput applications....Anelva has developed an IAMS mass spectrometer for industrial applications...Varian introduced the Peltier thermostatted multi-cell four-position cell holder, an accessory for its Cary fluorescence spectrophotometer...Ion Optics is developing an inexpensive yet highly sensitive infrared gas sensor, the MEMS IR gas SensorChip, for mass market applications...Neogen has received Official Method First Action validation from the Association of Official Analytical Chemists International for its 8 and 20 hour E. coli O157:H7 test kits...SciQuest.com has integrated a Chromatography Column shopper into its electronic marketplace that contains information on over 90% of the columns on the market...Amersham Pharmacia Biotech introduced the Gold Toolbox and Gold Toolbox for Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer, two reagent packages for running high-throughput screening assays...

Litigation:

Ciphergen Biosystems filed suit against Molecular Analytical Systems (MAS) and LumiCyte in California Supreme Court seeking a declaration by the court of the scope of Ciphergen's rights under two technology transfer agreements involving aspects of the Surface-Enhanced Laser Desorption/Ionization MS technology. The suit also seeks to preliminarily enjoin MAS from terminating the agreements...The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a Markman order in Aclara BioSciences' 1999 patent infringement case against Caliper Technologies involving patent No. 5,750,015, ruling that 8 of 11 asserted claims were invalid...Aclara stated the ruling found 8 of 47 claims invalid...Separately, Caliper will receive $12 million as a settlement agreement in a breach of fiduciary duty and trade secret misappropriation lawsuit against an attorney for Aclara and his law firm...Composite Rotor, a manufacturer of rotors, is suing Beckman Coulter for patent infringement...
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