Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced that a federal jury in Tacoma, Washington found that Illumina’s BeadChip array product infringed U.S. Patent No. 6,951, 682, asserted by Syntrix Biosystems, Inc. The federal jury ordered Illumina to pay approximately $96 million in damages to Syntrix based on a royalty rate of six percent for BeadChip products sold by Illumina from 2005 through May 2012. United States District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle, however, dismissed from the case claims that Illumina’s alleged infringement was willful and that Illumina misappropriated Syntrix’s trade secrets. The Syntrix patent expires on September 17, 2019.
Illumina continues to believe that Syntrix’s claims are without merit. Illumina intends to file post-trial motions asking the court to vacate the jury’s finding and to rule as a matter of law that the BeadChip does not infringe Syntrix’s patent.
Jay Flatley, Illumina’s President and CEO, stated, “We strongly disagree with this verdict and plan to appeal the present finding of infringement. In the meantime, we will continue to sell the products that are the subject of this suit and no damages will be payable to Syntrix until all appropriate appeals have been taken, which may take a number of years.” Mr. Flatley continued, “Our BeadChip products are based on Dr. David Walt’s technology that was licensed from Tufts University when Illumina was founded in 1998. Like many other companies, we respect the valid and enforceable intellectual property rights of others. Consistent with our policy, we believe we acted properly with respect to the Syntrix ‘682 patent. We continue to feel very strongly about our position that Syntrix’s allegations are without merit and that, ultimately, our position will be vindicated.”
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