PerkinElmer Sues To Nix Down Syndrome Test Patent

Law360, New York (February 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Medical and environmental technology manufacturer PerkinElmer Inc. has slapped U.K.-based Intema Ltd. with a lawsuit seeking to invalidate one of the company's patents related to a prenatal Down syndrome test.

In the declaratory action, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, PerkinElmer alleges that Intema's attorneys have threatened to sue it over a prenatal screening protocol marketed by PerkinElmer subsidiary NTD Laboratories Inc. that Intema claims infringes the patent-at-issue.

PerkinElmer and NTD Labs, the company's prenatal unit, are seeking a ruling...
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