Promega Corp. has obtained a preliminary injunction in FederalDistrict Court in Salt Lake City blocking Lifecodes Corp. fromcontinuing to sell DNA identity probes covered under anexclusive sublicense granted to Promega of Madison, Wis., inJuly 1990.Lifecodes of Valhalla, N.Y., inherited the sublicense as part of asettlement of a 1991 lawsuit with the original patent owners.The technology is based on U.S. Patent No. 4,963,663, issued in1990 to Raymond L. White and owned by the University ofUtah.The university granted an unlimited exclusive license toGenmark company of Salt Lake City in 1988. Genmark assignedits rights to Lifecodes. Promega alleges that Lifecodes has failedto honor terms of Promega's sublicense.
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