Bio-Rad files new lawsuit against 10X Genomics for patent infringement
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced that it has filed a patent infringement suit against 10X Genomics, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. In the lawsuit Bio-Rad asserts that 10X Genomics infringes U.S. Patent No. 8,871,444, which is exclusively licensed to Bio-Rad from Harvard University and the Medical Research Council. This patent covers techniques for detecting enzymatic reactions in microfluidic droplets and is part of Bio-Rad's comprehensive portfolio of droplet intellectual property. The suit asserts that 10X Genomics infringes through the sale of its recently-announced Next GEM family of products. As stated in Bio-Rad's Complaint, Harvard University is joined in the case as a nominal defendant solely for the legal purposes of jurisdiction and standing. Bio-Rad is seeking all available remedies against 10X Genomics, including damages and injunctive relief. The suit filed today is Bio-Rad's third action against 10X Genomics in Delaware District Court and its second action that is directed to 10X's Next GEM products. In November 2018, a Delaware jury found that 10X Genomics infringed patents licensed to Bio-Rad by the University of Chicago and awarded damages of $23.9M. In August 2019, the Delaware Court awarded Bio-Rad an additional $10.5 M in supplemental damages and interest and entered a permanent injunction against 10X Genomics.