“Helicos was the first to invent and market single molecule sequencing technology and has established a comprehensive patent estate with the earliest priority dates in the field” said Ronald A. Lowy, President and CEO of Helicos. “Pacific Biosciences is a newcomer to the single molecule sequencing market and has introduced technology and products that infringe our patents. We have full confidence that our patents in this lawsuit, which have expiration dates that extend well into the future up to 2028, are valid, enforceable and are infringed by Pacific Biosciences. We plan to vigorously defend our intellectual property rights and owe it to our stockholders and our customers to protect the technology investments we have made throughout the years.”
I wonder what the implications are for the other nex gen platforms..are they too infringing the "sequencing-by-synthesis" part of Helicos's patent....if so , the implications are enormous. ..maybe this is the Ace they have been holding up their sleeves all the time?