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Illumina has asked a federal court to dismiss a six-month-old trademark infringement lawsuit against Illumavista Biosciences following an apparent out-of-court settlement.

While Syntrix Biosystems may have played a role in developing foundational microarray technology, the company does not intend to use a large, recently awarded royalty payment from Illumina to expand its presence in the array market.

This story was originally posted on March 15.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A federal court jury has ordered Illumina to pay $96 million in damages to Syntrix Biosystems in a patent infringement case.

A jury is considering whether Illumina has infringed the intellectual property of Syntrix, a company with whom the San Diego vendor discussed a potential business relationship more than a decade ago.

Illumina denies that its arrays infringe Syntrix's IP and has asked the court to declare that the patent at the heart of the case is invalid and that the suit be dismissed with prejudice.

In the suit, Syntrix alleges that Illumina has based its array products on technology developed originally by Syntrix and provided confidentially to Illumina a decade ago while the two firms were discussing a possible business relationship.

The White House has created a list of cuts, including to the NIH, that could be in a budget bill for this year.

The US National Institutes of Health is to allow applicants to cite preprints just as they would any other research paper, ScienceInsider reports.

Two manuscript pages handwritten by Charles Darwin are going on the auction block, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In PNAS this week: tool to track transcriptome-wide binding, evidence of balancing selection on behavior-linked genes, and more.