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Appeals Court Rejects GlaxoSmithKline's Bid for Augmentin Patent

Law360 (November 22, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday rejected GlaxoSmithKline Plc's bid to salvage patent protection for its antibiotic Augmentin.

The appeals court ruled that a lower court had been correct when it decided early last year that the company's patents were invalid.

The court ruled in favor of generic drug makers Geneva Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. .

Geneva, the generics unit of Swiss-based Novartis AG , was the first to launch a generic version of Augmentin in...
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