Date: June 8, 1998
Author: Shane Beck
Licensed Research Reagent Companies, Thermal Cyclers, Taq Polymerase Catalog Prices
F or those of you who regularly read LabConsumer, this article may be something other than what you are used to seeing. The topic of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) licensing is one that, as LabConsumer gathered information from an increasing number of people with numerous points of view, it became more and more difficult to sort out. With a topic as hot as this, and with litigation currently ongoing, it is important to keep in mind that LabConsumer is not providing legal advice in this article and that each researcher's situation is unique. Detailed licensing information can be obtained by contacting Roche and Perkin-Elmer.

Biotechnology is a somewhat unique field in that in the course of their daily chores, scientists may perform processes that are protected by patents. With regard to processes, several...

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