NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A US Court of Appeals has reversed a US District Court's ruling from last year and sided in favor of Agilent Technologies in a patent dispute filed against Affymetrix in 2006.

Agilent's suit claimed that the inventors of Affy's US Patent Application No. 10/619,224 filed their claims "literally copying" the language of Agilent's US Patent No. 6,513,968. Agilent's patent, entitled "Apparatus and method for mixing a film of fluid," was assigned in February 2003, and covers methods for microarray hybridization.

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