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PerkinElmer Drops IP Suit Against MDS, Life Technologies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer has withdrawn a patent infringement suit it filed last week against MDS, its MDS Analytical Technologies division, and Life Technologies, according to court documents.

Last week, PerkinElmer filed the suit in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, claiming that the MDS Analytical Technologies/Life Technologies joint venture is infringing five patents held by PerkinElmer through sales of the JV's QSTAR line of mass spectrometers.

PerkinElmer has not said why the suit has now been withdrawn, and company officials were unable to respond to a request for comment before this article was published. Officials from Life Technologies declined to comment.

Yesterday, MDS announced that it and PerkinElmer had reached a settlement in a separate legal battle in Canada. In that action, PerkinElmer had challenged MDS' pending sale of a joint venture between the firms to Danaher, which has inked a deal to acquire MDS Analytical Technologies.

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