Judge Says Cipla, Velcera Infringed Merial Patent

Law360, New York (June 21, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday found Cipla Ltd. and Velcera Inc. in violation of a court order barring Cipla from infringing Merial Ltd.’s patent covering Frontline Plus, the blockbuster flea and tick repellent for pets.

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land found Cipla in contempt of a March 2008 default judgment that enjoined the company from infringing Merial’s patent, and held that Velcera had acted in concert with the Indian company in its violation.

The court ruled that the two companies knowingly launched PetArmor Plus...
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