Novartis Sues To Protect Market For Epilepsy Drug

Law360, New York (September 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Novartis AG has filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in New Jersey to stave off generic competition for its popular antiepileptic drug Trileptal, which hauled in $352 million in sales in the first half of 2006.

The lawsuit targets Haifa Bay, Israel-based Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary, and alleges that the defendants infringed a Novartis patent when they filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application seeking approval to make and sell generic oxacarbazepine—Trileptal’s active ingredient.

At issue is U.S. Patent No. 7,037,525,...
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