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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The invalidation of a broad patent held by Sequenom in the noninvasive prenatal testing field may impact not only the litigious NIPT field but also the molecular diagnostics industry as a whole, according to patent law experts.

Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a previous ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of California that the claims of Sequenom's US Patent No. 6,258,540 are not patent eligible.

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