Volume 91 Issue 14 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 8, 2013 | Web Date: April 4, 2013

Novartis Loses India Patent Fight

Intellectual Property: Ruling strikes another blow to multinational pharmaceutical companies
Department: Business
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: generic, drug pricing, India, patent, compulsory licensing

Novartis has lost a landmark case in the Supreme Court of India in which it sought patent protection for its cancer drug Gleevec. Applauded by nongovernmental organizations that buy generic drugs from India, the ruling is another setback for multinational drug companies that were hoping for stricter patent protection.

In its 112-page ruling, the Supreme Court decided that Gleevec’s active ingredient, imatinib mesylate in β-crystalline form, is a close derivative of . . .

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