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Applera, Bio-Rad Agree to Settle PCR Infringement Suit

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Applera and Bio-Rad Laboratories have entered settlement discussions regarding their ongoing PCR patent infringement lawsuit, the companies said yesterday.


"The goal of these discussions is a resolution of all outstanding disputes in the US between the two companies," Applera and Bio-Rad said in a statement.


Applera and Roche Molecular Systems originally filed suit against MJ Research in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut in June 1998. A jury decided in favor of Applera and Roche in 2004, and Bio-Rad acquired MJ in August of that year.  


In September, Applera announced that the court had issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Bio-Rad from manufacturing, selling, or servicing infringing thermal cycler products in the US -- despite Bio-Rad's claim that the companies had settled the suit on Aug. 29.


Last month, the court denied a motion from MJ to "enforce" the settlement agreement, and Bio-Rad said that it planned to appeal the court's decision.


Applera and Bio-Rad said today that "various post-trial motions remain pending in the case," and that "no further details of the discussions have yet been made public."


Earlier this week, Applera also agreed to settle ongoing litigation with Australian firm Genetic Technologies regarding that company's non-coding DNA technology.

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