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Indian court sets aside Roche’s patent (full version)

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong

The Madras High Court last week set aside a patent granted to Swiss pharmaceutical company F Hoffman La Roche for its blockbuster anti-infection medicine valganciclovir because a pre-grant opposition by two NGOs was not heard.

The decision is another blow to Roche after the company failed to get a preliminary injunction in March against Indian generic drug maker Cipla, which is making its own version of Tarceva, Roche’s lung cancer medication. That case is currently...

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