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Eppendorf Files Patent Suits Against Bio-Rad

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – German firm Eppendorf has filed two patent suits against Bio-Rad Laboratories over the past two weeks, according to court documents.
Last week, Eppendorf filed a suit against Bio-Rad in the US District Court, Northern District of California alleging that Bio-Rad and its MJ Research subsidiary has been selling or offering microtiter plates that infringe its US Patent No. 7,347,977, entitled “Microtitration Plate.” According to the complaint, Bio-Rad and MJ have been infringing the patent since as early as 2002.
Bio-Rad acquired MJ in 2004 for $47 million in cash plus legal liabilities.
Last July, Bio-Rad filed a lawsuit in a US District Court in Texas alleging that Eppendorf North America is infringing Bio-Rad’s US Patent No. 6,340,589, which covers the firm’s thin-well microplate. Bio-Rad asked the court for an injunction preventing Eppendorf from further sales of allegedly infringing products and an order for Eppendorf to pay triple damages for its alleged willful infringement.
Through the complaint filed last week, Eppendorf is seeking an injunction that would prevent Bio-Rad from selling its Hard Shell 96- and 384-well plates, as well as compensatory damages.
According to the court documents, the case has been referred to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Multi-Option Program.
Separately, Eppendorf filed an amended complaint against Bio-Rad and MJ earlier this week in the US District Court, Western District of Wisconsin for alleged infringement of its US Patent No. 6,767,512, entitled “Temperature-Regulating Block With Temperature-Regulating Devices.” Eppendorf claims that Bio-Rad and MJ have been infringing this patent through the sale of certain thermal cycler products.
Eppendorf is seeking an injunction and treble damages from Bio-Rad due to allegedly willful infringement.
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