NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said after the close of the market Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with Abaxis over litigation the firms had filed against each other a couple of yeasr ago.

Abaxis filed suit against Cepheid in June 2010 claiming that the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm was infringing certain of its patents and was in breach of a licensing deal between the firms. Abaxis claimed that Cepheid had ceased paying royalties on a license that it took to US Patent No. 5,413,732, which covers reagents used in Cepheid's Xpert MRSA test.

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