ITC To Investigate PacBio's DNA Sequencer Patent Claim

By Rick Archer (December 5, 2016, 6:40 PM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Monday it has opened an investigation into whether Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.'s imported DNA sequencers violate the U.S. company Pacific Biosciences of California Inc.'s patent.

In a Oct. 31 complaint, the Menlo Park, California-based Pacific Biosciences alleged the U.K.-based Oxford's MinION and PromethION model DNA sequencers violate a patent it holds. The complaint claims Oxford's sequencer analyzes strands of DNA linked together in a way identical to the method described in Pacific Biosciences' patent.

Pacific Biosciences argued that barring the devices from import would not be detrimental to the public interest, claiming Oxford's devices are...

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