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NANOTAINER vs. MICROTAINER: Theranos Battles BD Over Trademarks, but FDA Draws First Blood

Posted by Mitchell Stein on November 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Medical equipment manufacturer Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”), has been making its MICROTAINER blood collection containers since 1945. According to The New York Times, the MICROTAINER containers are a $25 million a year business for BD. It was not surprising, therefore, that BD called its trademark lawyers when Silicon Valley start-up darling Theranos, a company now valued at around $9 billion, applied on an intent-to-use basis to register the name NANOTAINER in connection with blood collection containers. Theranos and its products have gained wide attention based on claims that Theranos could perform numerous medical tests quickly and inexpensively using a tiny sample of blood from a finger prick, rather than tubes of blood drawn from the arm.

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Topics: Becton Dickinson And Company, FDA, NANOTAINER, BD, MICROTAINER

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