Friday, 14 May 2010

Interim injunctive relief in Spain

Writing for International Law Office earlier this week ("Novartis's endeavours to obtain interim injunctions come to naught"), Sara Pelaz (Grau & Angelo) explains what happened last December when pharma company Novartis applied for an interim injunction against Medis EHF, Laboratorios Stada, SL and ratiopharm España, SA alleging infringement of its EP948320 patent on pharmaceutical compositions for the sustained release of fluvastatin, a patent which was amended during EPO opposition proceedings.

As the title of the article indicates, Novartis failed. The saga is an interesting one, since it deals with the curious situation in which a plaintiff relies on patent claims which appear to be in constant flux as the patent passes from the Opposition Division to the Board of Appeal, where the patentee requests that issues be remitted to the Opposition Division following the submission of fresh documents and the joinder of further parties in the EPO proceedings. Defendants often appear to present a moving target; less often can the same be said of the plaintiff's patent.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Re Fluvastatin XL
In addition, Novartis filed an ex parte preliminary injunction before the Commercial Court of Cranada against Mylan and Novopharm,
and the preliminary injunction has been granted on 30.07.2009.
The preliminary injunctions were granted within seven days, but the hearing of the opposition against the preliminary injunction ex parte was set on 07.07.2010, i.e. in almost one year.