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Novartis Notches Patent Wins on MS, Cancer, Transplant Drugs (1)

Dec. 7, 2018, 4:02 PMUpdated: Dec. 7, 2018, 10:05 PM

Novartis AG scored big wins in two separate patent cases at a federal appeals court—one involving a patent on the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya and the other on a patent related to the cancer and transplant-related drugs Zortress and Afinitor.

Both cases involve the complex interplay between the determination whether a patent’s claims are obvious and, therefore, invalid, and patent term extensions. How a court works out these issues can mean life or death for a drug patent—and can affect when cheaper, generic versions of blockbuster drugs enter the market.

In the Gilenya case, Ezra Ventures sought to sell...

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