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Bayer, which markets a contraceptive called Yasmin, had alleged that Generic Health
violated the patent by marketing Isabelle. The court observed that for Bayer, every sale of Isabelle led to a loss of sale of Yasmin. The company sought only damages against seeking a portion of the profits made by the company on the sale of Isabelle in the Australian market. Bayer’s initial suit against Generic Health
was for infringement of its Australian patent, for sale of competing product Isabelle. However, during the proceedings in 2012, Bayer amended the claims of the patent.
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Lexology.com calls this decision “landmark”. It says, “This sets a new benchmark in Australia for future damages claims against generic manufacturers. The court’s willingness to adequately compensate the patent holder enhances Australia’s already very attractive “value proposition” for patentees.” Lupin
acquired majority stake in Generic Health
in 2010. This acquisition gave it access to the Australian pharmaceutical market.
This is not the first case where Lupin
is entangled in a patent infringement
case. Soon after the company finished the acquisition of US-based Gavis pharmaceuticals, last year, Horizon Pharmaceuticals filed a patent infringement
case against the company for filing an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic version of Pennsaid, an anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drug. Horizon filed a case against the Mumbai-headquartered pharmaceutical company in the District Court of New Jersey.
A number of patent infringement
cases have been filed against leading Indian pharmaceutical companies
and their counterparts in other countries over the last few years. A number of them have been in the United States of America. The list includes Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharmaceutical’s US counterpart and, Bengaluru-based Biocon.
Indian pharmaceutical companies
have been facing intense pressure on account of anti-trust cases too in the US. Recent cases include investigation into leading companies
such as Sun Pharmaceuticals, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories among others.