Life Technologies’ subsidiary Applied Biosystems appears to have won a two-year legal quarrel with Illumina over three patents relating to ABI’s SOLiD sequencing technology.

Last week, during the second phase of a two-part trial in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the jury decided that the SOLiD technology does not infringe the last patent at stake (see In Sequence 1/27/2009).

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