USPTO Nixes Apotex Bid for Plavix Patent Re-Exam

Law360, New York (June 30, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied generic-drug maker Apotex Inc.'s second request for re-examination of the patent for blockbuster blood-thinning drug Plavix, in another boost for partners Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA in their long-running patent battle with Apotex.

In a decision released June 23, the USPTO said that no substantial new question of patentability affecting the Plavix patent had been raised by Apotex's second request for re-examination, filed April 5.

A spokesman for Apotex could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday....
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