Roche Sues Orchid Over Newest Boniva Patent

Law360, New York (October 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. has fired off a lawsuit at Indian drugmaker Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. over a newly issued patent for Roche's blockbuster osteoporosis drug Boniva Once-Monthly, even as the pharmaceutical companies spar over two other patents related to Boniva in a separate lawsuit.

The amended complaint, filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, claims that Orchid is trying to make and market a generic version of Boniva before Roche's patents for elements of the drug expire....
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