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A jury in a US District Court decided in Applera’s favor in patent-infringement charges (related to thermal cyclers) brought by Applera and Roche Molecular Systems against competitor MJ Research. The jury awarded damages between $17.8 million and $19.8 million — the exact amount to be determined later in the multi-phase, and still ongoing, lawsuit. MJ Research, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, asserts that it will dispute the charges again in the next phase of the suit, which is expected to start next month.

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