- Study Id: 1655
- Close Date: 12/11/2012
- Category: Other/Miscellaneous
Automated Seed Sampler And Method Of Sampling Seeds
This Study relates to a system and method for sampling and screening seeds.
References of interest will focus on an automated method of screening seeds for a testable characteristic comprising the following:
(a) feeding seeds individually to a sampling station;
(b) holding each seed in the sampling station;
(c) removing a tissue sample from each seed being held in the sampling station;
(d) conveying each sample to an individual compartment in a sample tray;
(e) conveying each seed to a compartment in a seed tray with a known relationship with the compartment of the sample tray to which the corresponding sample was conveyed;
(f) testing each sample for the characteristic; and
(g) separating the seeds whose sample tested positive for the characteristic from the seed whose samples did not test positive for the characteristic.
Additionally, references of interest focusing on an automated seed sampler system having the following are also requested:
(a) a sampler for removing material from a seed in the automated sampling station;
(b) an automated seed conveyor for conveying the seed from the automated sampling station to a compartment in a seed tray; and
(c) an automated sample conveyor for conveying the material removed from the seed to a corresponding compartment in a sample tray.
Latest Date for Prior Art: 08/25/2004
This Study is a request for prior art, including non-patent literature, that provides a path to invalidity for the Study patent claims that is not already known. The Reward is guaranteed to be paid to the Researcher who submits the highest quality prior art.
There is a preferred Latest Date for Prior Art of August 25, 2003.
This Study is subject to the Shared Reward program.
Research Requirements: Download known prior art
Please see the claims in the downloadable copy of the patent.
All references need to have either been filed or published on or before this date. Any references filed or published after the LDPA will be automatically declined.
Specific claims or technical disclosures on which the scope of the Study is based. Your submissions should be based on these requirements.
- The Winner is guaranteed a minimum amount ($2,000 for a $4,500 Study). The Winner receives a $500 bonus for a winning NPL or Chinese/Japanese patent, and an additional $500 if the winning NPL is non-English.
- Two (2) CrowdSource Experts will receive $500 each.
- Up to five (5) MVRs will receive $100 each.