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Baylor Sues Clontech for Stealing Technology - Houston Chronicle

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 - Baylor College of Medicine is suing Clontech for allegedly stealing patented trade secrets, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Citing court documents, the newspaper said that Baylor of Houston has alleged that Clontech is using its patented technique for rapidly identifying genes, knows as the “Elledge technology.”

Clontech of Palo Alto, Calif., had been in negotiations with Baylor for the license to the technology, but the talks broke down in 1998. The technology was ultimately licensed to Invitrogen, the paper said.

In the lawsuit Baylor claimed that Clontech tried to use the Elledge technique in its “Creator” recombinant DNA system. 

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Harris County civil courts.  

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