Tecan Group has patented a receiving frame for pipette tip support plates, featuring guide claws for positioning different support plates on a circumferential support surface. The innovative design allows for easy and reversible placement of support plates, enhancing efficiency in laboratory settings. GlobalData’s report on Tecan Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Tecan Group, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Tecan Group's grant share as of February 2024 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Receiving frame for support plate for pipette tips

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Tecan Group Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11878304B2) discloses a receiving frame for a support plate for pipette tips, featuring a unique design with guide claws for accommodating two different support plates on a support surface. The receiving frame comprises two guide claws on opposing longitudinal walls, each with a base and two claws arranged parallel to the support surface. Additionally, the frame includes features such as guide slots on transverse walls, inner webs with retaining ridges, and a U-shaped protrusion on longitudinal walls, enhancing the functionality and versatility of the frame.

Furthermore, the patent also details a method for presenting pipette tips using the described receiving frame. The method involves selecting either a support plate for pipette tips of a first embodiment with reinforcing struts and retaining lugs or a support plate for pipette tips of a second embodiment with a recess, and positioning it on the receiving frame using the guide claws. This innovative approach allows for efficient and secure placement of different types of support plates on the frame, streamlining the process of handling and presenting pipette tips in laboratory settings.

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