the company is just not solid enough, and it may have more problem than you would think in the future.
why you want to face so much market uncertainly and hold a stock like this at the same time??
if people think nasdaq has bottomed after all the rate cut, it has to be a joke. the second half year gdp expansion is still a gamble to all of us.
if you think you can make money by investing in qgen? you will be outplayed again and again by a company that is more interested in making money in the stock market than from its actual business...
<<Digene Corporation v. F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd. and Roche Molecular Systems, Inc .
There is a pending arbitration filed by Digene against F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd. and Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (collectively Roche) in December of 2006 for breach of contract of a 1990 Cross License Agreement between Digene and Roche for rights to certain HPV patents. Digene claims that Roche has breached this license agreement by entering into an alleged Supply and Purchase Agreement with Gen-Probe, Inc. (Gen-Probe) in violation of the terms of the Cross License Agreement which has a prohibition against further sublicensing. On July 13, 2007, the arbitration Panel granted Gen-Probe’s request to intervene as a respondent in the arbitration. On August 27, 2007, Digene filed its First Amended Demand for Arbitration to include claims against both Roche and Gen-Probe. Thereafter, on September 6, 2007 both Roche and Gen-Probe filed their Statement of Defense denying the allegations and asserting counterclaims against Digene. Roche alleges that Digene interfered with its business relations and violated Digene’s duties of good faith and fair dealing owed to Roche under the license agreement by bringing this lawsuit. Digene has denied Roche’s claims while asserting Roche’s counterclaims fail to state a cause of action. Gen-Probe contends that the Purchase and Supply Agreement with Roche is not made invalid by the prohibition on sublicenses contained in the Digene/Roche Cross License Agreement. The parties have served discovery requests (requests for production of documents and things). The parties are evaluating discovery and following up on supplementation of requests.
On October 13, 2007, Roche and Gen-Probe filed a Motion for Summary Judgment (the Motion) alleging that the Purchase and Supply Agreement with Roche does not violate the Cross License Agreement and that they are entitled to judgment as a matter of law. QIAGEN filed its response to the Motion on November 30, 2007 and a hearing was held on January 17, 2008 in New York. On January 29, 2008, the Panel denied that motion and found that genuine issues of material fact exist with respect to each of the claims on which Roche and Gen-Probe sought summary disposition. On February 29, 2008, QIAGEN filed a motion requesting leave to file a Second Amended Arbitration Demand adding two new causes of action against Roche. Digene’s new counts relate to a claim that Roche intentionally interfered with Digene’s business relationship with Gen-Probe and a Declaration of Rights declaring that Roche does not have the rights in the 1990 Cross License it purports to have because the transaction in which Roche allegedly obtained those rights was invalid. On March 11, 2008, Gen-Probe filed its own motion to Amend its Statement of Defense and Counterclaims seeking to change the caption of the case to reflect Digene’s merger with QIAGEN and to add QIAGEN as a party to the arbitration. Both motions are currently being briefed and no decision has been rendered as of this date. The trial before the panel is scheduled for October 27, 2008, to November 14, 2008. QIAGEN intends to vigorously pursue this case.>>
yeah genprobe is a legitimate possible competitor although they haven't even started their fda trials yet, and it's an entirely different method so who the heck knows...again, no published data...submisson "early next year" would seem impossible given the need to complete the trial
legal updates from qiagen's 20f:
<< Digene Corporation v. Third Wave Technologies, Inc.
On January 11, 2007, Digene filed a patent infringement action against Third Wave Technologies, Inc. (“Third Wave”) in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. In this action, Digene alleges that Third Wave is infringing one or more claims of United States Patent No. 5,643,715 (“the ‘715 patent”), of which Digene is the exclusive licensee. On February 28, 2007, Third Wave filed an answer to Digene’s complaint, in which Third Wave denied infringing the claims of the ‘715 patent. Third Wave further asserted counterclaims against Digene alleging violations of federal antitrust laws pursuant to Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, and the Robinson-Patman Act. In response, on April 5, 2007, Digene filed a reply denying all of Third Wave’s counter claims. A claim construction hearing was held on June 22, 2007 and the court issued two opinions construing the asserted claims. In light of the court’s construction of the claims at issue, Digene believes that it cannot meaningfully pursue its infringement action against Third Wave at the district court level. On October 19, 2007, Digene filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, seeking judgment against Third Wave’s antitrust claims. The Court granted Digene’s Motion on January 11, 2008, dismissing all of Third Wave’s antitrust counterclaims. On February 25, 2008, Third Wave withdrew the only remaining claim on the issue of exceptional case. The Court entered final judgment on February 29, 2008. Both QIAGEN and Third Wave have filed separate appeals to the Federal Circuit. QIAGEN expects its opening brief to be due on May 13, 2008. QIAGEN intends to vigorously pursue its patent infringement claim on appeal, and defend itself against any appeal by Third Wave.>>