Illumina Says Rival Infringes DNA Sequencing IP At Trial Start

Law360, London (November 9, 2020, 9:17 PM GMT) -- An American company behind a system for rapid DNA sequencing for medical research defended its patents' validity Monday as it kicked off its London infringement trial against a Chinese rival.

On Monday, a lawyer for Illumina Cambridge Ltd. urged the court to reject the attacks on the validity of the patents for a technique the company introduced in 2006 for identifying a DNA strand sequence. Known as reversible chain terminator, or RCT sequencing, the method has enabled significant scientific advances, according to Illumina.

Illumina attorney Iain Purvis QC of 11 South Square urged the High Court to find that MGI Tech Co. Ltd. and...

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