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Intellectual Property Developments in Biochip Nanotechnology
Volume 3, Issue 1

Douglas Sharrott, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Hassen A. Sayeed, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Microfluidics is the science of devices and processes dealing with fluid volumes on the nanoliter or picoliter scale. The most popular and commercially visible applications of this technology consist of DNA microarrays, or biochips. DNA microarrays are most useful for their fast, efficient processing of multiple DNA sequences of genes. In this article, Douglas Sharrott and Hassen Sayeed explain the various intellectual property (IP) issues relating to DNA microarrays and microfluidics applications. They also examine alternative methods of protecting valuable IP, such as trade secret and mask work protection under the copyright laws. Finally, Sharrott and Sayeed discuss a representative case that teaches valuable lessons to those in the microfluidics industry to help guide IP strategies.

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