India Nixes Patents For Allergan Glaucoma Drugs

Law360, New York (August 9, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT) -- The Indian government on Thursday revoked patents held by Allergan Inc. for two glaucoma medications, the latest loss for European and American drugmakers in the South Asian country.

The country’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board said the patents behind Allergan’s Ganfort and Combigan were invalid as obvious because they didn’t sufficiently innovate from previous discoveries.

The board also found that in registering the patent for Ganfort, Allergan had violated Section 8 of India’s Patent Act, which requires applicants to fully disclose foreign patents.

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