SAN DIEGO, October 25 — A four-year patent litigation suit between Hyseq and Affymetrix has come to a strange and surprising end. The two companies announced on Thursday that they have agreed to dismiss all pending suits in the US District Court, to cease their involvement in pending patent interference proceedings before the US Patent and Trade Office, and to form a joint venture. 

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