Round 1: Affymetrix Wins $16.7 Million Jury Verdict in Patent Case

A Delaware jury yesterday returned a $16.7 million verdict in favor of Affymetrix in its suit against rival Illumina. Judge Farnan had previously bifurcated the proceedings, so invalidity, wilfullness, whether to grant a permanent injunction, and other issues are still yet to be decided. However, Round 1 clearly goes to Affymetrix – the jury awarded a royalty rate that was even higher than what Affymetrix had asked for!

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