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Thermo Electron patent suit

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Firm claims TSQ triple quadrupole mass spectrometer product line does not infringe Applera Corporation's '736 patent for improved ion transmission in mass spectrometers due to a "significantly different design." The suit was filed in the Delaware District Court by Applera, MDS and Applied Biosystems/MDS Scientific Instruments. Thermo Electron maintains that U.S. sales of the affected spectrometers represent only 1% of annual revenue, which totaled $2.1 bil. in 2003...



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