Illumina had 83 patents in future of work during Q1 2024.The patents filed by Illumina Inc in Q1 2024 include techniques for nanoscale motion feedback in imaging systems, polynucleotide sequencing methods for accurate detection, an integrated detection and photonics device for efficient photon sensing, methods for obtaining and storing biological data using flow cells and electrodes, and non-contact dispensers for precise fluid dispensing. GlobalData’s report on Illumina gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Illumina grant share with future of work as a theme is 37% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Flow cell based motion system calibration and control methods (Patent ID: US20240100518A1)

The patent filed by Illumina Inc. describes techniques for providing motion feedback in an imaging system, specifically focusing on achieving nanoscale control and calibration without the need for a high-resolution encoder subsystem. The system involves using nanoscale features on a sample holder surface to ascertain or calibrate linear motion, such as sample sites or lithographically patterned features. The patent also discusses a patterned flow cell design with sample sites arranged in a periodic pattern and sample site-based fiducials to aid in motion feedback.

The patterned flow cell described in the patent includes sample sites arranged in a hexagonal or rectilinear pattern, with sample site-based fiducials forming linear arrangements in a scanning direction. These fiducials consist of sample sites and blank regions, with brightness plotted against position along the scan direction forming a sinusoidal waveform. The fiducials may include alternating sample sites and blank regions within a column of pixels, with variations in geometric parameters like diameter or depth. Additionally, the patent outlines a sequencing instrument incorporating a sample stage, objective lens, photodetector, and light source to image the flow cell, with a controller adjusting the sample stage location or speed based on comparisons between current and expected feature patterns derived from the fiducials.

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