Judge Doubles Damages In Applera Patent Suit Vs. MJ Research

Law360, New York (March 30, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge in Connecticut has granted Applera Corp. $35 million plus attorneys’ fees in its seven-year patent dispute with the now-bankrupt MJ Research over equipment used in genetic research.

In a stinging rebuke to MJ Research, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut granted Applera’s motion for enhanced damages based on willful infringement.

The judge doubled the damages awarded by the jury, but said tripling damages would endanger MJ’s “noninfringing business, in recognition of the relative...
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