Stratagene is involved in settlement discussions with Applera and Third Wave Technologies in two separate cases, according to court documents filed over the past month.

Resolving the disputes could decrease Stratagene's legal expenses — around $5.3 million in 2005 — and erase concerns among potential partners that the firm's products may infringe other technologies. It could also provide a boost to Stratagene's sagging stock, which has hovered around its 52-week low for most of the past month.

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