NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Illumina has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against Premaitha Health in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom. In the suit, Illumina alleges that Premaitha infringes on a patent it holds related to noninvasive prenatal testing.
The patent in question is one that Illumina licenses from Sequenom, the European Patent (UK) 1 524 321 B2 titled, "Non-invasive Detection of Fetal Genetic Traits." Illumina is seeking damages and injunctive relief.
In total, those lawsuits, which are still pending, allege infringement on five different NIPT patents: European Patent (UK) 0 994 963 B2, European Patent (UK) 1 981 995 B1, European Patent (UK) 2 183 693 B1, European Patent (UK) 2 385 143 B1, and European Patent (UK) 2 514 842 B1.
Those lawsuits were scheduled to be heard in a combined trial in the UK in July, but the outcome is still pending.