Promega’s law team must have been celebrating last month, though no one’s admitting it. After nearly two years of waiting for a decision in its lawsuit with Roche about the pharma’s Taq polymerase patent, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced that it would not overturn the district court’s original decision that the patent was unenforceable, and would send the case back to that court for a final verdict.

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