Warner-Lambert Company, LLC v Actavis Group PTC EHF and others  EWHC 485 (Pat) is a Patents Court, England and Wales ruling of Mr Justice Arnold on 2 March which has already received substantial attention on the IPKat blog, thanks to Darren Smyth, here. 02 March 2015
Arnold J's conclusions, in brief, were as follows:
On the evidence, the issuing of guidance by NHS England was the most efficacious, dissuasive and cheapest solution to the problem, especially since the alternative from Warner-Lambert's point of view would be to pursue its applications for interim relief against all the generic suppliers.
The benefit of the cross-undertaking should be extended to the other generic companies for two reasons: (i) if Warner-Lambert's patent later turned out to be invalid, the companies ought not to be prevented from making sales of generic pregabalin, and (ii) even if the patent was valid, the effect of LYRICA being prescribed and dispensed at the expense of generic pregabalin in circumstances that did not amount to an infringement of the patent could not be discounted.