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Instrumentation Laboratory Wins Patent Infringement and Unfair Competition Trial Against Diagnostica Stago Relating to Reagents for Hemostasis Diagnostics
Date:5/4/2009

- Court Orders Confiscation of Diagnostica Stago's Inventory of Infringing Products -

BEDFORD, Mass., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Instrumentation Laboratory Company and its parent company Instrumentation Laboratory S.p.A. (IL) today announced that the Paris First Level Civil Court determined that Diagnostica Stago infringed the French counterparts of two European patents licensed exclusively to IL, and committed acts of unfair competition due to denigrating advertisements. As a result, the Court ruled in part that: 1) Diagnostica Stago must cease manufacturing and selling its infringing products, STA-Staclot APC-R kits and STAGEN Kit FVM Mutation, and must cease denigrating advertisements concerning IL's products, 2) Diagnostica Stago's inventory of STA-Staclot APC-R kits and STAGEN Kit FVM Mutation may be confiscated for potential future destruction, and 3) Diagnostica Stago must pay IL the sum of 2,000,000 euros (approximately $2,600,000 US) as an advance on damages for the infringement and unfair competition, plus attorneys' fees. The court's decision may be appealed.

IL is the exclusive licensee of two patents, EP 0 608 235 and EP 0 690 991, covering inventions from the world-renowned researcher, Dr. Bjorn Dahlback, relating to the detection of thrombophilia, a coagulation disorder, in human blood. The first patent relates to a method for diagnosing a human blood coagulation disorder called resistance to APC (also known as activated protein C resistance), while the second patent additionally relates to a method for determining the presence of gene mutations of Factor V, which is one of the causes of thrombophilia.

"Litigation is not our first preference. However, our belief that Diagnostica Stago violated our patent rights and unfairly advertised by disparaging IL's product, forced us to pursue legal action. We are pleased with the Court's decision," said Josep Manent, Chief Executive at IL. "Our e
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