Jury Awards $52 Million in Damages to Promega Corporation

Published: Feb 16, 2012

MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, a jury awarded $52,009,941 in damages to Promega Corporation (Madison, WI) for infringing sales by Life Technologies (Carlsbad, CA). The jury also found the infringing sales were made willfully. The Court may increase the final damage amount in light of the willfulness verdict. The Court also set a schedule to consider an injunction against Life Technologies for their sales of infringing products.

In November 2011 the Court’s ruling on Summary Judgment confirmed the validity of Promega Short Tandem Repeat (STR) patents, and found direct infringement by Life Technologies due to their sale of STR kits.

“The Court’s ruling and the jury award confirm the value of Promega STR technology and its contributions to genetic analysis in the fields of research and molecular diagnostics,” says Bill Linton, Promega CEO.

Promega’s pioneering STR technology is used worldwide in a number of applications for genetic analysis beyond forensics and paternity testing, including genetic research, cell line authentication, bone marrow transplantation monitoring, forensic training, and various types of cancer analysis.

Promega Corporation is a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life sciences industry. The company’s 2,000 products enable scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cellular analysis, molecular diagnostics and human identification. Founded in 1978, the company is headquartered in Madison, WI, USA with branches in 15 countries and over 50 global distributors. For more information about Promega, visit www.promega.com.


Promega Corporation

Penny Patterson, (608) 274-4330

Director, Corporate Affairs


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