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Whatman Terminates S&S s IsoCode License as Part of Patent Infringement Settlement

NEW YORK, July 13 (GenomeWeb News) - Whatman said today that it has terminated a licensing deal with Schleicher & Schuell as part of a settlement agreement for a patent infringement lawsuit related to Whatman's FTA DNA isolation technology.


Whatman said it initiated the lawsuit in the United States in 2003 "to stop S&S exceeding the terms of the license that had been granted to S&S for the manufacture and sale of a product based on Whatman's FTA technology." Whatman said today that it has negotiated "the termination of the license altogether," and acquired some further patents related to S&S's DNA related technology.


Under the terms of the settlement, Whatman has terminated a license agreement under which S&S was selling its IsoCode DNA storage products and has acquired some patents related to S&S's IsoCode technology. S&S will continue to supply the IsoCode products "for a transitional period," to a "limited number" of existing customers," Whatman said.


Whatman said it will also pay S&S $500,000 under the settlement agreement.

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