Patent Litigators Secure Final Victory for Eisai Against Generic Drugmakers
New York, NY (July 22, 2008) Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld district court decisions won on behalf of Eisai Co., Ltd. and its over a billion dollar a year stomach acid suppression medication, Aciphex (R).
The ruling affirmed a decision from the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York in May 2007, finding after trial that Eisai's patent on Aciphex's active ingredient, rabeprazole, was enforceable, and thwarted attempts by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories to sell generic versions of the drug in the U.S. prior to the expiration of Eisai's patent in 2013.
The generic drugmakers had charged that Eisai's patent should be held unenforceable because Eisai had allegedly failed to disclose a copending patent application covering a drug molecule that was almost identical to the active ingredient of Aciphex. This failure was alleged to have been done with the intent to deceive the Patent Office.
The Federal Circuit also upheld the district court's summary judgment for Eisai, granted in October 2006, rejecting the generic challenger's invalidity arguments and finding Eisai's patent non-obvious.
The Paul Hastings team was led by New York partners Joseph O'Malley and Bruce Wexler, and included associates David Conca, Gary Ji and Quinn Clancy.
About Eisai Co., Ltd.: Eisai Co., Ltd. is a research-based human health care (hhc) company that discovers, develops and markets products throughout the world. Eisai focuses its efforts in three therapeutic areas: neurology, gastrointestinal disorders and oncology/critical care. Through a global network of research facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing affiliates, Eisai actively participates in all aspects of the worldwide healthcare system.
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