Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific)

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Life Technologies (A Retired brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific)
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Product type Retired Brand Name

Life Technologies Corporation was a biotech company founded in November 2008 through a US$6.7 billion merger of Invitrogen Corporation and Applied Biosystems Inc. The joint sales of the combined companies were about $3.5 billion; they had about 9,500 employees, and owned more than 3,600 licenses and patents.[1]

Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation acquired the company in 2014 and used the Life Technologies brand name for a family of biotechnology products and services from Feb 2014 to July 2015. Thermo Fisher retired the Life Technologies brand name and logos in late July 2015, following a world-wide release letter to all customers in five languages.[2][3][4][5][6]

Company name[edit]

The use of the "Life Technologies" brand name is disputed. Life Technologies (India) Private Limited, a company founded in 2002, operating in this corporate name claims ownership of the brand name.[7]

In January 2014, a legal dispute on the use of the mark "Life Technologies" in India concluded as the Delhi High Court denied[8] Life Technologies' request to prevent the similarly named biotechnology company Life Technologies India Pvt. Limited from using the "Life Technologies" mark and various related web domains.[9][10]


In 2013 Thermo Fisher agreed to buy Life Technologies for $13.6 billion.[11] They completed the sale on 3 February 2014, and the Life Technologies brand became part of the Life Sciences Solutions Group of Thermo Fisher Scientific.[12]

Between its formation in 2008 and its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2014, Life Technologies Corporation was an independent multinational corporation based in Carlsbad, California, United States.

Legal disputes[edit]

A court case involving Life Technologies (as the former Applera Corp) ended in January 2014, as the Connecticut District Court penalized Life Technologies Corp over $60 million[13] for patent infringements by its parent companies prior to the merger. The jury awarded $48 million in royalty damages to the plaintiffs Enzo Biochem, Inc, Enzo Life Sciences, and Yale University.[14]


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  8. ^ "Case 1698OS/2012" (PDF). Delhi High Court. 29 January 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Jon Evans (21 February 2014). "Life Technologies loses Indian court battle". SeparationsNow. Wiley. 
  10. ^ Gareth Macdonald (18 February 2014). "Fight for Life: new Thermo Fisher acquisition loses out in India". Biopharma Reporter. William Reed. 
  11. ^ Bill Berkrot (15 April 2013). "Thermo Fisher to buy Life Tech for $13.6 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Thermo Fisher Scientific Completes Acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation". MarketWatch. The Wall Street Journal. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "US District Court Order". Justia. 3 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Federal Court Awards Enzo Additional $12.4M Related to IP Suit Against Life Tech". GenomeWeb Daily News. 6 January 2014.