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European Court Sides With Oxford Gene Technology in Patent Dispute

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 - The European Patent Office has sided with Oxford Gene Technology after a six-year patent dispute the chip company filed against a number of microarray, biotech, and pharmaceutical firms, OGT said on Friday.

 

Seven companies, including Affymetrix, Abbott Laboratories, Roche Holding, and Nanogen, originally opposed the patent, which was granted to OGT by the EPO in 1994. Affy withdrew after settling with ODG in March.

 

Ed Southern, owner of UK-based OGT and the patent's inventor, said the decision "greatly strengthens the patent, and we intend to pursue the many licensing opportunities with renewed determination."

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