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Waters to Pay Agilent $6.1M to Settle HPLC Patent-Infringement Suit in UK

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Waters will pay Agilent a one-time payment of ₤3.5 million ($6.1 million) as part of a settlement agreement to resolve a patent-infringement suit involving high performance liquid chromatography technology.


In 2002, Waters stopped using a portion of the pump technology used in its Alliance HPLC instruments as a result of a patent infringement suit was brought before a court in the United Kingdom.


As a result of the settlement, Waters has revised downward its fourth-quarter 2005 and full-year 2005 earnings results that were previously reported on Jan. 24 to include a pre-tax $3.1 million for provision of damages and estimated remaining costs related to the suit.


The revision results in a reduction of earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter to $0.69 from $0.71. For the full year 2005, the revision results in a reduction of earnings per diluted share to $1.74 from $1.76.


Other patent infringement suits between Waters and Agilent, similar to the one in the UK, are pending in Franceand Germany. Waters said it believes that damages from those suits are "unlikely to be materially different from amounts previously recorded."