This story was originally published Dec. 20.
Illumina's patent infringement lawsuit against Complete Genomics has been moved from the District of Delaware to the Northern District of California and has been assigned to a magistrate judge. In addition, the case is entering an arbitration program, according to a court order filed this month.
Illumina filed the suit in August in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging that Complete Genomics infringes three of its patents, US Patents Nos. 6,306,597; 7,232,656; and 7,598,035 (IS 8/10/2010).
Complete Genomics filed a countersuit in September, denying any infringement and claiming that the three patents are invalid or unenforceable. It also requested to move the case from Delaware to California, where both companies have their business headquarters (IS 10/5/2010).
An initial case management conference is currently scheduled for March 15, 2011.