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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Illumina and its wholly-owned subsidiary Verinata Health have filed a patent infringement suit against Premaitha Health over IP relating to non-invasive prenatal testing, the companies said today.

The suit, filed in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the UK, asserts European Patent (UK) 0 994 963 B2 and European Patent (UK) 1 981 995 B1, both relating to the use of cell-free fetal DNA for NIPT.

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