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As part of a lawsuit seeking control of the technology, Santaris has successfully petitioned the European Patent Office to stay its review of Mirrx's patent application.

The suit claims that the companies are marketing products or services falsely because they are based on patents that have expired.

Life Tech claims that Biosearch is infringing one or more claims of a patent related to oligonucleotide PCR probes by manufacturing and selling its BHQplus probes for quantitative PCR applications.

An article about an acquisition topped the list of the most-read stories for the year on GenomeWeb Daily News, while restructurings, lawsuits, and one firm's IPO plans made it into the top 10.

The suit centers on methods of testing for canine breed identification.

In a ruling last week, a District Court judge adopted Life Tech's constructions for the vast majority of terms where the plaintiff and the defendant offered different interpretations.

The judge dismissed the case centered on array technologies saying Illumina's argument for infringement "does not make any sense."

The SEC alleges the two individuals traded shares of the two firms after receiving insider information about Sequenom's unsuccessful bid to acquire Exact Sciences in 2009 and Sequenom's mishandling of data on its Down syndrome test.

The new allegations are an attempt by CSHL to delay a ruling on the dismissal of the lawsuit so that it can review certain RNAi companies' confidential materials, the law firm alleged.

Collier County's Board of County Commissioners is asking a state judge to declare The Jackson Laboratory's plan a "valid public purpose" allowing for $130 million in promised county bonds. But the board's use of an arbitrator to decide a land use issue has sparked a separate lawsuit.


Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.