License Agreement Turns Biotech Partners Into Rivals

Law360, New York (December 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Biotech partners in a transatlantic licensing dispute are on their way to arbitration after California’s Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. accused its German partner of cutting it out of a multimillion dollar sublicensing agreement.

At stake is control over satraplatin, a promising prostate-cancer drug co-developed by Spectrum and its partner, GPC Biotech AG, which allegedly cut Spectrum out of $59 million worth of sublicensing deals with another German firm, Pharmion GmbH.

According to Irvine, Calif.-based Spectrum, GPC Biotech’s deal with Pharmion violated their licensing agreement, effectively ending it....
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