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PCR Licensing for Crop Diagnostics

Kevin O'Donnell odonnell at sasa.gov.uk
Wed Feb 19 11:09:37 EST 1997

Dear Colleagues,

I recently contacted Hoffman la Roche, the holders of the PCR patent, 
with a view to obtaining a license at some future date, for assays 
being developed in my laboratory.

Much to my surprise, I received a reply not from Roche but from 
Perkin-Elmer, informing me that they have obtained the rights to 
licence agricultural applications of PCR from Roche.

What shocked me however, were the conditions that pekin elmer are 

1) A 10,000 USD one-off payment


2) A 15% royalty based on the *cost* of the assay.

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