NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - PerkinElmer this week filed a patent infringement suit against MDS, its MDS Analytcial Technologies business, and Life Technologies alleging infringement of claims in five US patents held by PerkinElmer.

The suit, which was filed earlier this week in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, claims that the MDS Analytical Technologies/Life Technologies joint venture is infringing the patents through sales of the JV's QSTAR line of mass spectrometers.

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