NEW YORK, July 29 - It looks like MJ Research won't have to call on a marshal to deliver its lawsuit seeking to overturn the four-color sequencing patents at the heart of Applied Biosystems' sequencing business.

Defendants Applera, Caltech, ABI, and Celera Genomics agreed to accept service of the 16-count complaint and said they would file their response on Sept. 23, according to MJ attorney Allen Foster.

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