Judge Dismisses Promega's Suit Vs. Roche In Long-Standing Patent Dispute

Law360, New York (August 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal court has once again dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Promega Corp. against Roche and Applied Biosystems, which alleged that the companies committed fraud against the U.S. government, Roche said.

In his ruling, Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia determined that Promega had failed to state a fraud claim.

Promega's lawsuit, filed last year under the False Claims Act, claimed that Roche committed fraud by enforcing patents used to perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology, widely...
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