Warner Chilcott, Lupin Settle Birth Control IP Dispute

Law360, New York (October 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT) -- Ireland-based Warner Chilcott PLC and Lupin Ltd. have settled patent litigation over the India-based generics maker's attempts to make copycat versions of birth control drugs Loestrin 24 Fe and Femcon Fe.

Under the deal, Lupin has agreed not to launch generic Loestrin before July 22, 2014, unless another drugmaker enters the market sooner. If Lupin then launches its product, Warner Chilcott can sue, the companies said Thursday.

Warner Chilcott has also granted Lupin a nonexclusive license for Femcon, which would allow Lupin to sell an authorized...
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