2-Year Patent Extension For Levaquin Sticks

Law360, New York (May 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has upheld a two-year extension for Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co.'s Levaquin patent, rejecting an effort by Lupin Ltd. to launch a generic version of the anti-bacterial blockbuster following the patent's original expiration date in October 2008.

Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Thursday ruled against the Indian generics manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary, finding that Lupin could not show clear and convincing evidence at trial that the decision to extend the...
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