JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) announced today the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has found in favor of Teva in the Company’s patent infringement lawsuit against Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc./Sandoz Inc. and Mylan Laboratories Inc./Natco Pharmaceuticals regarding Teva’s relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) product, COPAXONE®. Teva filed suit against Momenta/Sandoz and Mylan/Natco for infringement of multiple patents covering the chemical composition of COPAXONE®, methods of using the product and processes for manufacturing the product. This decision covers several patents, the last of which expires on September 1, 2015.
The judge rejected Momenta/Sandoz and Mylan/Natco’s claims that the COPAXONE® patents are invalid and unenforceable and found that the purported generic versions of COPAXONE® for which Momenta/Sandoz and Mylan/Natco seek Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval infringe those patents. This ruling should prevent the FDA from approving, and the defendants from selling their purported generic versions of COPAXONE® in the U.S. until the Orange Book patents expire on May 24, 2014. As a result of this ruling, Teva also believes that the defendants will be enjoined from selling their products until the process patent expires on September 1, 2015. Furthermore, any purported generic version of COPAXONE® would need to obtain FDA approval prior to being made available to the public. At this point, it is unclear what the requirements would be for approval of a purported generic synthetic peptide.
Dr. Jeremy Levin, Teva’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Teva is confident COPAXONE® will remain a proprietary, global market leading product for the reduction of relapses in patients with RRMS over the product’s lifecycle given the strength of its intellectual property (IP) rights.”
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's leading generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on CNS, oncology, pain, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached $18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.
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