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J&J Suffers Headache Over Migraine Generic

Law360 (October 19, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson has sued a Canadian generics drug maker in federal court, asserting its patent for a widely-used treatment for migraine headaches.

New Jersey-based Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., part of the J&J group of companies, sued Ontario-based Cobalt Pharmaceutical Inc. this month in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. It seeks to protect from generic reproduction its drug Topamax, which is also used to prevent seizures.

The patent, entitled “anticonvulsant sulfamate derivatives” was issued to inventors at McNeil Labs Inc., a corporate...
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