HOUSTON and SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gene by Gene, Ltd. and Myriad Genetics, Inc., the University of Utah Research Foundation, HSC Research and Development Limited Partnership, Endorecherche, Inc., and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (the "Patent Owners") have reached an agreement to settle the patent infringement lawsuit between them regarding BRCA testing.
Under the agreement and effective immediately, Gene by Gene will cease selling or marketing clinical diagnostic tests within North America that include analysis of the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes as a standalone test or in conjunction with gene panels, but Gene by Gene will continue to offer such tests outside of North America. The Parties have also agreed that Gene by Gene may continue to offer its whole genome and exome products and services, which include the BRCA genes, as well as Gene by Gene's custom array products that test variants for inherited Mendelian disorders, including variants for BRCA1 and BRCA2, worldwide.
The agreement will continue until the earlier of February 12, 2016 or the last-to-expire valid patent claim in any of the BRCA patents involved in the case. In return, the Patent Owners have agreed to dismiss the patent infringement case against Gene by Gene without prejudice.This settlement effectively ends the suit that was filed July 10, 2013, in which the Patent Owners alleged that the testing process employed by Gene by Gene infringes certain claims in patents owned by the Patent Owners covering synthetic DNA and methods-of-use related to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. About Gene by Gene Founded in 2000, Gene By Gene, Ltd. ( www.genebygene.com ) provides reliable DNA testing to a wide range of consumer and institutional customers through its four divisions focusing on ancestry, health, research and paternity. Through its CAP Certified clinical-health division it offers regulated clinical diagnostic tests as well as Research Use Only (RUO) division serving both direct-to-consumer and institutional clients worldwide. Additionally, it provides DNA tests through its FamilyTreeDNA.com division, which pioneered the concept of direct-to-consumer testing in the field of genetic genealogy more than a decade ago and is the leader in the field. The privately held company is headquartered in Houston, which is also home to its state-of-the-art molecular CAP accredited Genomics Research Center. About Myriad Genetics Myriad Genetics is a leading molecular diagnostic company dedicated to making a difference in patients' lives through the discovery and commercialization of transformative tests to assess a person's risk of developing disease, guide treatment decisions and assess risk of disease progression and recurrence. Myriad's portfolio of molecular diagnostic tests are based on an understanding of the role genes play in human disease and were developed with a commitment to improving an individual's decision making process for monitoring and treating disease. Myriad is focused on strategic directives to introduce new products, including companion diagnostics, as well as expanding internationally. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com . Myriad and the Myriad logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Myriad Genetics, Inc. in the United States and foreign countries. MYGN-F, MYGN-G