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Orchid Settles Saint Louis U. Lawsuit Over Primer Extension Patent

NEW YORK, Aug. 7-Orchid BioSciences said today that it had settled its patent lawsuit with Saint Louis University over SNP primer extension technology.

 

That litigation involved a dispute over the rights to SNP scoring technology developed by Saint Louis University molecular biologist S. Paul Bajaj. Orchid filed suit against the university in 2000, seeking a court ruling that its technology did not violate the Saint Louis U. patent.

 

Orchid now has full ownership of the patent, which gives it control of two nonexclusive royalty-bearing licenses. Financial details of the settlement were not revealed.

 

Orchid also said today that it had placed five of its new SNPstream UHT genotyping systems since late 2001, when the system was introduced. Customers include the agricultural genomics firm MMI Genomics and McGill University.

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