Illumina (ILMN), Lab Corp. (LH) Announce Prelim. Injunction Issued by German Court Against amedes Fetalis Test
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Illumina, Inc. (Nasdaq: ILMN) and Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (NYSE: LH) announced that on October 5, 2016, the Düsseldorf Regional Federal Court in Germany issued a preliminary injunction order against amedes MVZ Trägergesellschaft Göttingen mbH and a related company (collectively “amedes”). The order requires amedes to immediately stop performing the Fetalis® non-invasive prenatal screening test in Germany, which is based on technology from Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc.
The Application for the Grant of a Preliminary Injunction against amedes was filed by Sequenom, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of LabCorp®, as patent owner of EP 0 994 963. The patent relates to the detection of cell-free fetal DNA for non-invasive prenatal screening. Illumina exclusively licenses the patent in the field of in vitro diagnostics.
Illumina and Sequenom have significant intellectual property rights in the area of non-invasive prenatal screening and will continue to enforce those rights when appropriate. This suit adds to prior patent infringement suits filed against others in Europe, Australia and the United States.
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