Illumina Sues Oxford Nanopore for Patent Infringement

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 2016-- Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced that the company filed lawsuits againstOxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd. and Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Inc. (ONT). The lawsuits were filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaIllumina is seeking all available remedies.

The lawsuits are based on U.S. Patent Nos. 8,673,550 and 9,170,230, which are entitled "MSP NANOPORES AND RELATED METHODS."Illumina has exclusively licensed the patents in the field of nucleic acid sequencing from the UAB Research Foundation and the University of Washington. The lawsuits focus on ONT's MinION and PromethION devices.

Illumina has made substantial investments to obtain licenses and develop the nanopore sequencing technology invented by researchers at theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham and University of WashingtonIllumina filed the lawsuits to protect its investment and patent rights in this technology.

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