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.
Earlier, Thermo-Finnigan had unsuccessfully sought to invalidate this patent in Germany, according to Bruker.
In an official statement released Thursday, Bruker, of Billerica, Mass., said it expected the court to order Thermo-Finnigan and its German affiliates “to cease and desist from offering, distributing, using, or importing any GCQ or LCQ-series ion traps in Germany.”
The amount of Thermo Finnegan’s liability will be determined by the court at a later date.