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Question about the legal use of PCR

news at eeyore.ins.cwru.edu news at eeyore.ins.cwru.edu
Fri Aug 25 03:28:44 EST 2000

Hello again,

    I happened to be browsing Roche's USA site and ran across an address
where you can get their licensing info.  I expect the info to be the same
PCR use in the UK as well as the USA.  Here's the quote from one of their
pages: "Further information on purchasing licenses to practice the PCR
process may be obtained by contacting the Director of Licensing at the
Perkin-Elmer Corporation, 850 Lincoln Center Drive, Foster City,
California 94404 or at Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., 1145 Atlantic Avenue,
Alameda, California 94501."

Good Luck!!!

owner-diagnost at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk wrote:

> Thanks for your reply.  I would have expected the royalty would be
> paid through the purchase of taq, but wasn't sure about the PCR
> technique.  I'm a little surprised that the amplification of dna has a
> pattent, even in the 'home made' sense!!
> I'll contact our institution's legal counsel.
> Thanks
> Brian
> On 22 Aug 2000 14:14:15 +0100, news at pale-rider.ins.cwru.edu
> [mailto:news at pale-rider.ins.cwru.edu] wrote:
> >
> >Roche owns most, if not all, of the patents for PCR.  Although some of
> >the
> >patents have been in litigation for the past year or two, I believe that
> >Roche
> >is still collecting royalties from those labs that continue to use the
> >technique.  When I worked for a clinical lab that was using "homebred"
> >PCR
> >protocols we had to pay a royalty to Roche even though we were not using
> >their
> >kits and reagents..
> >
> >I'm not a legal authority, and I encourage you to consult one (i.e., if
> >you
> >belong to an academic institution you should talk to your institution's
> >legal
> >counsel), but I would expect that you would have to obtain the license
> >and pay
> >the royalty.
> >
> >nobody at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk, [mailto:nobody at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk], On, Behalf, Of
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Can someone tell me if the PCR technique (?? taq-polymerase) can be
> >> used in a plant disease diagnostic lab at a university without a
> >> liscense?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Brian
> >>
> >> ---
> >

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