Enzo Sues Abbott, Becton, Hologic for Infringement of Gene-Mapping Patent
By Phil Milford – Mar 7, 2012 9:58 AM ET
Enzo Life Sciences Inc., based in Farmingdale, New York, is asking for a jury trial, unspecified damages and an order to stop sales of the allegedly infringing products, according to three complaints filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
If a court order blocking future infringement isn’t granted, Enzo should be paid “a compulsory ongoing licensing fee” by the defendants, according to the complaint.
Enzo in February sued Roche Diagnostics Corp., Life Technologies Corp. and Gen-Probe Inc. in the same court claiming infringement of the same patent.
The technology involves evaluation of DNA sequences to detect diseases or irregularities such as penicillin resistance in patients with strep infections, gonorrhea or tuberculosis, according to patent papers.
Adelle Infante, a spokeswoman for Abbott Park, Illinois- based Abbott, had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
“We’ve received the complaint and are reviewing it,” said Colleen White, a spokeswoman for Franklin Lakes, New Jersey- based Becton Dickinson.
Officials at Bedford, Massachusetts-based Hologic weren’t immediately available to comment on the patent challenge.
The cases are Enzo v. Abbott Laboratories, 12-cv-00274; Enzo v. Becton Dickinson, 12-cv-00275; and Enzo v. Hologic, 12- cv-00276; U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).
To see the patent, click: 6,992,180.
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