Jackson Lab Lawsuit 

The Central Institute for Experimental Animals, based in Kawasaki, Japan, is suing The Jackson Laboratory for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The Japanese company accuses the Jackson Lab of producing and marketing a strain of immunodeficient mice that was patented and trademarked in the United States by CIEA.

In a prepared statement, Jackson Lab officials said this week that the lawsuit filed last month is without merit. Jackson Lab, a leader in biomedical research, ships more thantwo million specialty mice to researchers in dozens of countries each year.