Supreme Court Hears Landmark MedImmune Appeal

Law360, New York (October 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the patent-license dispute between biotechnology rivals MedImmune Inc. and Genentech Inc., in a case that will determine just how stable relationships between patent holders and licensees can be.

The high court agreed to hear the case in March, putting the spotlight on a patent dispute over Synagis, a drug designed to prevent dangerous respiratory tract infections that afflict about 125,000 children in the United States each year.

One of 38 cases accepted by the high court for...
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