Teva Announces Favorable European Patent Office Ruling in COPAXONE® Patent Proceeding

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In a press release distributed by Business Wire, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.  has announced that the European Patent Office issued a decision in favor of Teva in a patent opposition proceeding filed by Synthon BV, Mylan and an unidentified third party. On September 6, 2012, the three opponents commenced an opposition proceeding against European Patent EP 2 177 528, a patent for COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) that expires September 9, 2025.

In today’s hearing, the European Patent Office specifically determined that claims 1-12 of the ‘528 patent are valid. Therefore infringing follow-on glatiramer products would not be able to launch prior to patent expiry.

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