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No expert needed to hear Novartis patent appeal

Peter Ollier, London


An Indian court has decided on the composition of the board that will hear the appeal by Swiss drug maker Novartis against the rejection of its patent application for the blockbuster anti-cancer drug Glivec

On Monday the Chennai High Court accepted the government’s proposal that the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) hear the case without a technical member. This leaves only the chairman, Justice MHS Ansari and vice-chairman, ZS Negi.

The court...


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