Gen-Probe Hits Becton Dickinson With Test Patent Suit

Law360, New York (October 20, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT) -- The maker of nucleic acid tests used to diagnose diseases has sued medical technology company Becton Dickinson & Co., accusing it of infringing a number of patents related to a diagnostic system.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, biotechnology company Gen-Probe Inc. said Becton Dickinson is infringing on its patents that encompass and facilitate the use of “fully automated, highly throughput systems” for detecting infectious microorganisms and diagnosing human diseases.

“With the increasing pressure to contain...
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