India's First Drug EMR Could Set Off Litigation Wave, Industry Warns

Law360, New York (November 13, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The grant of India's first exclusive marketing right (EMR) to Swiss drugmaker Novartis for its leukemia medicine Gilvec (imatinib mesylate) could set off a wave of patent litigation, the Economic Times of India reported.

Novartis' EMR grant, issued by the Controller General of Patents and Trademarks of India, blocks the duplication and sale of the drug by any other company for five years.

"We are in an uncharted territory and we are evaluating all our options carefully. We hope that the Indian government will ensure the...
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