Fed. Circ. Upholds Icos' Ownership Of Cialis Patents

Law360, New York (April 8, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed Eli Lilly & Co. subsidiary Icos Corp.'s ownership of two patents for erectile dysfunction drug Cialis, taking the mojo out of claims brought by three Vanderbilt University professors that they should be added as joint inventors.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's judgment that Vanderbilt had fallen flat in its efforts to prove its scientists were joint inventors of the patents.

Scientists Jackie Corbin, Sharron Francis and Sekhar Konjeti have all...
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