Thermo Finnigan is suing Applera for allegedly infringing a decade-old patent covering capillary electrophoresis as used in Applied Biosystems’ lucrative line of instruments for DNA analysis.

In a suit filed on Dec. 8 in the US District Court of Delaware, Thermo Finnigan, a unit of Thermo Electron, claimed that Applied Biosystems’ DNA analysis products such as the Prism 3700 infringe on intellectual property covered in its 1995 US patent No. 5,385,654 entitled “Controlled-Temperature Anion Separation by Capillary Electrophoresis.”

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