Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Waters to Pay ABI/MDS Sciex $18M in Patent Suit Settlement Covering US, UK, Japan, and Canada

This is an update of a previous story. To read the previous story, click here.


NEW YORK, March 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Waters Technologies has agreed to pay Applied Biosystems and MDS a total of $18.1 million to settle an ongoing patent dispute filed by ABI and MDS regarding an ion transmission technology for mass spectrometers, the companies said today.


The companies also settled a dispute concerning ABI's use of an electrospray technology for which Waters holds a patent, Waters' vice president of investor relations Gene Cassis said. The companies will now cross-license both disputed technologies in exchange for royalty payments, according to Cassis.


The settlement with ABI and MDS, made through their ABI/MDS Sciex partnership, resolves two issues: The three companies had claimed infringement of each others' patents in the United States, and ABI and MDS had brought cases against Waters Technologies in the UK, Canada, and Japan.


A year ago, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a $52.6 million patent infringement award against Micromass UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waters, for infringing US Patent No. 4,963,736, "Mass spectrometer and method and improved ion transmission".



The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.