Canadian firm DNA Genotek sues Ancestry.com over DNA testing kit patent infringement .

Canadian firm DNA Genotek sues Ancestry.com over DNA testing kit patent infringement .

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The readily available and highly promoted $99 DNA test kit from Ancestry.com are the focus of a law suit filed by DNA Genotek. 

 

DNA.
DNA helix.

The service is promoted as a simple and relatively inexpensive means of DNA testing with a few drops of saliva.
DNA Genotek and its attorney David Doyle of Morrison Foerster are alleging that Ancestry.com has infringed on DNA Genotek’s patent, having contravened an agreement not to reverse engineer kits DNA Genotek sold to Ancestry.com and create their own kits.

According to the BioSpace website, “U.S. Patent No. 8,221,381, entitled “Container System for Releasably Storing a Substance,” issued on July 17, 2012. The patent protects a novel container system which consists of a lid that stores a nucleic acid stabilization chemistry and a vial for receiving a biological sample. After providing a sample, the user closes the container lid and the stabilization chemistry is safely and automatically released. The patented technology is currently implemented in the Oragene® and OMNIgene® families of products, which are widely known for easy and non-invasive self-collection of high-quality nucleic acids from saliva. Corresponding patents have also been granted in Europe, Mexico, China and Hong Kong and patent applications are still pending in numerous other countries around the world.”

[read more about DNA Genotek’s original patent…]

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Source: Reuters.com
Photo credit: “PCR tubes” by Madprime – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


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