In the opening salvo of Affymetrix's year-old patent-infringement suit against Illumina, Affy's litigation team will begin depositioning Illumina officials this week, starting a process that will ultimately lead to the start of a formal trial in October 2006.

The suit, which brings into sharp relief the patent-filing history of a former Affy scientist who defected to co-found Illumina, has emboldened Affy to promise "significant additional … litigation actions" against groups it believes are infringing its IP.

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