Gen-Probe Inc. and Molecular Biosystems (NYSE:MB), both ofSan Diego, Calif., announced Monday they have settled theirpatent litigation concerning diagnostic test kits using geneticprobe technology.

In the settlement, Molecular Biosystems' wholly-ownedsubsidiary Syngene Inc. agreed that Gen-Probe's U.S. patent No.4,851,330 for targeting ribosomal RNA is valid. Syngene alsowill discontinue its SNAP mycobacterium diagnostic kits andpay Gen-Probe an undisclosed sum.

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