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Bruker Found to Have Infringed Finnigan Patents.

Dusseldorf, Germany 3/31/00-A German court has ruled in favor of Finnigan and its parent company, ThermoQuest, regarding a March 1999 suit (see IBO 3/15/99) against Bruker Daltronik GmbH and Hewlett Parckard GmbH (now Agilent) alleging infringement of three patents related to Bruker and Agilent's Esquire series MS system. The court ruled that the sale of the Esquire in Germany infringed two of Finnigan's patents and that Bruker must pay damages to Finnigan, estimated by Bruker at $240,000, and can no longer sell its ion trap MS systems in Germany if Finnigan posts the required bond. A ruling on the third patent is pending. Rulings are expected at a later date in Germany regarding patent infringement in the UK, France, Sweden and Switzerland, and in the US District Court for Massachusetts.

This is a setback for Bruker, which is one of the few companies with ion trap technology. This will also likely affect Agilent, which uses Bruker's ion trap technology in its 1100 Series LC-MS. Bruker may also be required to indemnify Agilent for damages and expenses. From 1996 to 1999, sales for Bruker's ion trap MS products worldwide totaled over $19 million, with 1999 sales exceeding $8 million as a result of the Agilent relationship.
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Date:Apr 15, 2000
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