Liquid handling

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 4961906
SERIAL NO

07192005

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A reagent container for use in a sample and reagent transfer system is of sector shaped configuration and has a generally vertical curved outer wall, generally vertical side walls that are disposed and angled to one another, a generally horizontal top wall with two ports through which two probes may concurrently be inserted, a generally horizontal bottom wall that has a well portion below and aligned with one port in the top wall, and a dry well channel that is open at its bottom and aligned with the other port in the top wall.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
IL HOLDING S.P.A.TORINO1

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Andersen, Marlo R Veradale, WA 3 235
Gangitano, Mario J Anaheim, CA 2 218
Tiffany, Thomas O Spokane, WA 8 532

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IL HOLDING S.P.A. (3)
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* 4761268 Liquid handling 91 1984
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COOPER LABORATORIES, INC. (1)
* 4360360 Centrifugal analyzer 47 1981
 
Beckman Instruments, Inc. (1)
* 4391780 Container for sample testing 55 1981
 
SERONO DIAGNOSTICS, INC. A CORP. OF DELAWARE (1)
* 4344768 Automatic pipettor 80 1981
 
CLINICAL DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS INC. (1)
* 4287155 Sample tray and carrier for chemical analyzer 86 1980
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
* 4311667 Delivering apparatus 64 1980
* Cited By Examiner

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7638337 System for agitating the fluid contents of a container 5 2007
8569019 Method for performing an assay with a nucleic acid present in a specimen 1 2007
8569020 Method for simultaneously performing multiple amplification reactions 2 2008
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8663922 Systems and methods for detecting multiple optical signals 1 2010
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8718948 Systems and methods for distinguishing optical signals of different modulation frequencies in an optical signal detector 0 2012
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ABBOTT LABORATORIES (9)
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Societe Alcyon Analyzer S.A. (1)
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