NEW YORK (360Dx) – Institut Pasteur and Bio-Rad Laboratories are suing Abbott, alleging infringement of a patent covering technology for diagnosing HIV-2, as well as breach of contract.

The lawsuit filed this week in US District Court, Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, relates to US Patent No. 6,544,728, titled "Methods and Kits for Diagnosing Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2 (HIV-2), Proteins of HIV-2, and Vaccinating Agents for HIV-2," and assigned to Institut Pasteur in April 2003.

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