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METHOD. The mode of operating or the means of attaining an object.
     2. It has been questioned whether the method of making a thing can be patented. But it has been considered that a method or mode may be the subject of a patent, because, when the object of two patents or effects to be produced is essentially the same, they may both be valid, if the modes of attaining the desired effect are essentially different. Dav. Pat. Cas. 290; 2 B. & Ald. 350; 2 H. Bl. 492; 8 T. R. 106; 4 Burr. 2397; Gods. on Pat. 85; Perpigna, Manuel des Inventeurs, &c., c. 1, sect. 5, Sec. 1, p. 22.

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From the external quality-assessment survey performed in 2009, it appears that recalibration of total bilirubin was "in progress" for the Roche and Abbott methods, which caused undesirably high interlaboratory variation.
The BNP1-32 assay correlated well with the total-BNP assay ([r.sup.2] = 0.81) and less well with the BNP RIA and the Abbott methods ([r.sup.2] = 0.74) in these preliminary studies.
With the Immage and Abbott methods high values were found for ceruloplasmin in ERM-DA470k/IFCC, whereas Olympus, Roche, and Dako Hitachi methods gave low values.