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Jury Says Stratagene Willfully Infringed Third Wave s Patents, Awards $5.3M in Damages

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - A jury has found that Stratagene has willfully infringed two nucleic acid testing patents held by Third Wave Technologies, and has awarded Third Wave $5.3 million in damages, Third Wave said yesterday.


Last week, the jury determined that Stratagene's FullVelocity quantitative PCR and RT-PCR products infringe the two patents.


Third Wave said it will seek additional damages based on the willfulness of the infringement of the patents, which are the basis for its Invader nucleic acid-testing chemistry. The company also seeks a permanent injunction and destruction of Stratagene's infringing FullVelocity reagents.


Stratagene said on Monday that it will appeal the jury's verdict.

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