NEW YORK, April 12 – A German court ruled Thursday that Thermo-Finnigan's GCQ and LCQ ion traps infringe upon Bruker Daltonics’ European patent for ion trap mass spectrometry and ordered Thermo-Finnigan to pay Bruker damages and court costs, Bruker said.

Bruker sued Bremen, Germany-based Thermo Finnigan and its affiliates in Dusseldorf District Court for patent infringement of its patent EP 0336 990, which relates to ion trap technology.

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