The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Affirms that 10x Genomics Willfully Infringed Bio-Rad U.S. Patent and Upholds Lower Court’s Award of Damages
HERCULES, Calif. –Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, announced that the The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today affirmed that 10x Genomics willfully infringed U.S. Patent 8,889,083, exclusively licensed to Bio-Rad from the University of Chicago. The Appeals Court upheld the lower Court’s finding on monetary damages amounting to $23.9 million at the time of the trial, November 2018, awarding Bio-Rad a 15 percent royalty on past and future sales, and a permanent injunction against 10x’s Single Cell 3’ Gene Expression products, Single Cell ATAC-seq products, and Single Cell V(D)J products that were found to infringe the ‘083 patent.
The Court of Appeals also withdrew the District Court’s injunction with respect to 10x’s Linked-Read and CNV product lines and reversed the District Court’s decision on infringement of two other patents asserted by Bio-Rad. Bio-Rad does not believe these aspects of the Court’s decision will have a material impact on the overall result and is evaluating its options for further review.
“We are pleased that the Appeals Court upheld the District Court’s finding that 10x willfully infringed Bio-Rad’s intellectual property rights and affirmed the jury’s award of damages,” said Norman Schwartz, Bio-Rad President and Chief Executive Officer.
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of innovative products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. With a focus on quality and customer service for over 65 years, our products advance the discovery process and improve healthcare. Our customers are university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as applied laboratories that include food safety and environmental quality. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and has a global network of operations with approximately 8,000 employees worldwide. Bio-Rad had revenues exceeding $2.3 billion in 2019. For more information, please visit bio-rad.com.
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