PerkinElmer Patent Suit Dropped Days After It Began

Law360, New York (January 25, 2010, 6:47 PM EST) -- A patent infringement lawsuit brought earlier in January by medical and environmental technology manufacturer PerkinElmer Inc. against Canada-based life sciences company MDS Inc. will be dropped as part of a broader settlement between the parties, an MDS spokeswoman said Monday.

PerkinElmer's patent suit, filed Jan. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, accused MDS and Life Technologies Inc. — which sell mass-spectrometer-based instrumentation developed through a 50/50 joint venture — of infringing five of its patents relating to time-of-flight mass spectrometers....
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