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Stanford University Sues Roche Over HIV Test

October 20, 2005|From Bloomberg News

Stanford University sued Roche Holding over a diagnostic kit that tests how well treatments for AIDS are working.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges that Roche's Amplicor test infringes two patents owned by the university.

The suit grew out of a years-long dispute between Roche and Stanford over who owns the technology for polymerase chain reaction assays that test blood to determine the quantity of HIV, the virus the causes AIDS. Roche claims it bought the rights from Cetus Corp. in 1991.

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