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ABI, MDS Win Additional $5.1 Million In Micromass Patent Suit

NEW YORK, May 24-Applera and MDS have won additional victories in their patent infringement lawsuit against Micromass, the companies said today.


Wilmington, Del. Federal District Court Judge Roderick McKelvie denied the motions filed by Micromass parent Waters Corporation, which had sought to set aside a March 15 jury decision that awarded $47.5 million in damages to Applied Biosystems and MDS.


The judge also tacked on an additional award of $5.1 million in pre-judgment interest, and entered a permanent injunction prohibiting the sale or importation into the United States of Micromass Quattro Ultima systems.


According to Micromass, the ruling does not affect sales of the same system in other countries.


The suit was initially filed in February, 2000.

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