Abbott Sues Roche, Bayer Over Glucose Diagnostics Patents

Law360, New York (August 21, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. and its parent Abbott Laboratories have filed a new set of complaints against rivals Roche Diagnostics Corporation and Bayer HealthCare LLC over testing equipment for diabetics.

Filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the suits target big players in the massive diagnostics and pharmaceutical industries. Technology for testing glucose levels in diabetics creates significant revenue for the defendants, a subsidiary of Germany-based Bayer and a division of Switzerland-based F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

The first of two patents refers...
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