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Good and bad news for Cambridge kits

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The US Bankruptcy Court has upheld Cambridge Biotech's licence under two patents issued to the Institut Pasteur for HIV-2 tests. However, it also ruled that Cambridge Biotech's HIV-1 Western blot confirmatory test infringes a third patent issued to the Institut Pasteur and so prevents the company from manufacturing and selling it. The latter test accounted for less than 15% of the company's diagnostic revenue in 1994, says Cambridge, which says it will appeal the decision.

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