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Applera's Real-Time Thermal Cycler Instrument Patent Reinstated in Europe

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Applied Biosystems Group, an Applera Corporation business, has announced that the Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has reinstated Applera's European Patent No. 872562 covering real-time PCR thermal cycler technology, overturning a December 2004 decision by the Opposition Division to revoke the patent for alleged lack of novelty.

The case will be returned to the Opposition Division for review of other issues.