High Court Lifts Stay On Merck Birth Control Patent Ruling

By Dani Kass (July 27, 2016, 8:58 PM EDT) -- Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday lifted a stay on the Federal Circuit's decision that Merck KGaA and Bayer AG's patent claim against Watson Laboratories Inc. is invalid, clearing Watson to move forward with a generic of the birth control drugs Safyral and Beyaz during appeals.

The U.S. Supreme Court chief justice's three-sentence order vacating his July 21 decision, and thereby denying Merck and Bayer's application for a stay, came after Watson told the high court Tuesday that there's no chance of irreparable harm if it's allowed to proceed with a generic. Watson, a unit of Allergan PLC, had also argued...

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