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Affymetrix Settles Suit, Fixes Mouse Chips

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Science  30 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5513, pp. 2535
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5513.2535a

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A leading maker of DNA arrays, Affymetrix Inc., last week made peace with a rival British firm, Oxford Gene Technology (OGT), in a patent fight over fundamental DNA array technology. The settlement ends a bruising transatlantic battle that pitted Affymetrix's patents against similar patents in Europe. The companies have agreed to withdraw a string of lawsuits in the United States and Europe, and OGT is dropping an appeal it had planned to take to the House of Lords.