Applera, Illumina Spar Over DNA Sequencing Patents

Law360, New York (August 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Applera Corp.’s Applied Biosystems Group and Illumina Inc.’s Solexa Inc. faced off in federal court on Thursday to debate whether AB’s DNA sequencing system infringes three patents assigned to Solexa.

Steven E. Comer, the attorney representing AB, told Judge William H. Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that the company’s Solid System could not violate certain patents because it does not perform key claims of the patents.

The patents-in-suit cover DNA sequencing by parallel oligonucleotide extensions.

U.S. Patent Number 6,306,597...
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