Illumina claims court victory in patent fight

Gene sequencing company Illumina, Inc. said the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom “issued a judgment in its favor in the patent infringement suit filed against Premaitha Health plc, et al. and the patent infringement suit filed against Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al.”

Illumina said: “The Court found that Premaitha’s IONA test infringed EP 1 981 995, EP 2 385 143, EP 2 183 693 and EP 2 514 842, which are generally directed to the use of sequencing in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

“The Court also found that the gender testing component in Premaitha’s IONA test and Ariosa’s Harmony test infringe EP 0 994 963.

“These patents are licensed by Illumina or its wholly owned subsidiary Verinata Health, Inc.”

Illumina said it intends to seek “all available remedies for the infringement, including damages, injunctive relief, and attorney fees.”

Charles Dadswell, general counsel at Illumina, said: “We are pleased that the court ruled in our favor.

“The court’s judgment validates the investments Illumina has made, the value of this technology and the significant contributions of the inventors in this field.”