Hologic Inc. lost an anti-trust case against Qiagen Gaithersburg Inc.
The Bedford women’s health product manufacturer’s lawsuit alleging that the Dutch diagnostics firm violated federal anti-trust laws was denied (PDF) by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
In response to a patent infringement suit filed against Hologics’ Third Wave Technologies division by Qiagen (then known as Digene Corp.) in January 2007, Hologics filed the anti-trust suit.
The appeals decision upholds a lower court ruling that proved to be a mixed bag for Hologic. Though Judge Barbara Crabb of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin found that Qiagen did not violate anti-trust laws, she also denied its original patent infringement claims against Third Wave involving human papillomavirus tests.