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Agilent Sues AMT Over HPLC IP; Claims Former Employees Breached Agreements

This article has been updated to include a comment from AMT.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies said yesterday that it has filed an intellectual property lawsuit in Delaware against Advanced Materials Technology regarding its high-performance liquid chromatography technology.
The lawsuit alleges that three former Agilent employees, who now are employed by AMT, have misappropriated Agilent’s trade secrets and thereby have breached their confidentiality agreements and fiduciary duties to their former employers, Agilent said.
Agilent claims that the breach resulted in AMT using Agilent trade secrets and confidential information to develop its Halo HPLC columns. 
AMT is a Wilmington, Del.-based start-up that currently is focused on the Halo product line.
According to AMT’s website, the company is “comprised of individuals who have been responsible in the past for the invention, manufacture and product launch of the Zorbax brand columns and packing material from the DuPont company.” The same group later founded Rockland Technologies, which manufactured Zorbax products. 
“This is an unfortunate, but reasonable and necessary action to vigorously protect our intellectual property,” Mike McMullen, Agilent’s VP and GM of Chemical Analysis Solutions, said in a statement.
In a statement sent to GenomeWeb Daily News this afternoon AMT said that it "believes that Agilent’s claims lack merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against the allegations contained in Agilent’s recently-filed lawsuit."
The firm added that Agilent's lawsuit is intended to "slow or stop market penetration of the Halo brand products." 

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