Case Name: VetGen, LLC et al v. Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, LLC et al

Docket Number: 2:2012-cv-12171-BAF-LJM

Date Filed: 5/5/2012

Judge: Hon. Bernard A. Friedman 

Status: Closed  

            VetGen, The Regents of the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University filed suit against Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, LLC and VetNostic (“Defendants”) for patent infringement of five patents (collectively, the “patents-in-suit”: U.S. Patent No. 6,040,143 entitled, “DNA Encoding Von Willebrand Factor and Methods of Use”; U.S. Patent No. 6,074,832 entitled, “DNA Encoding Von Willebrand Factor and Methods of Use”; U.S. Patent No. 6,410,237 entitled, “DNA Encoding Von Willebrand Factor and Methods of Use”; U.S. Patent No. 6,767,707 entitled, “DNA Encoding Von Willebrand Factor and Methods of Use”; and U.S. Patent No. 6,780,583 entitled, “DNA Encoding Von Willebrand Factor and Methods of Use.” The patents-in-suit generally relate to the canine von Willebrand factor (vWF, and to the gene encoding vWF as well as a genetic defect that causes Canine von Willebrand’s disease.  On August 29, 2012, Defendants counterclaimed asserting the patents-in-suit were invalid or unenforceable.  In addition, Defendants claimed anti-trust violations in monopolizing the market for molecular diagnosis of the Willebrand disease. On September 24, 2012, the parties agreed to a voluntary dismissal of the case with prejudice based on their decision to settle.