Scrip is part of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use. For high-quality copies or electronic reprints for distribution to colleagues or customers, please call +44 (0) 20 3377 3183

Printed By


Patents: Govt, Firms Sing Different Tunes (India)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

R&D firms have submitted 80 patent applications in India for minor upgrades in TB drugs, despite the presence of a patent law that guards against giving exclusive commercial rights for modifications of existing medicines. Patent applications for both new processes as well as modified product forms are pending on existing drugs such as Rifampicin, Moxifloxacin, Quinoline, Aminoquinoline, Ethylene diamine, and Fluroquinolone. Patent expert Gopakumar Nair says of the TB application status: "We are not aware of any new drugs developed for TB in the last 15 years. So, even if some companies have applied for product patents, they may not stand official scrutiny." Seventy patent applications are aimed at product and process-by-product patents, eight are on diagnostic techniques, and two applications are on method of treatments. These applications are being filed even as Swiss multinational Novartis and the Indian government are involved in a legal dispute over the issue of refusing patents to Novarti's Glivec, an anti-cancer drug. The disagreement revolves around whether improvements to known substances are patentable under the Indian Patent Act. (Click here for more

You may also be interested in...

Russia Prepares $10 COVID-19 Vaccine For International Launch

Russia is promising the best of both worlds – a low price with a near-perfect efficacy. While the basic science is plausible, its best-in-class claims are bound to generate skepticism.

Galapagos Sells CRO To Selvita For €31.2m

The Belgian biotech has divested its drug discovery services unit in Croatia which was making a nice profit but was not a priority as Galapagos concentrates on setting up its commercial operations in Europe.

EU Clinical Trial Portal Requires Rethink On Balancing Business Interests & Transparency

In the first of a two-part article on transparency provisions for the new EU clinical trial portal, the Pink Sheet reports on aspects that sponsors must consider to protect commercially confidential information in their clinical trial applications. The second article will look at the approach taken by Merck and discuss outstanding hot topics in relation to transparency and CTIS.




Ask The Analyst

Please Note: Click here for more information on the Ask the Analyst service.

Your question has been successfully sent to the email address below and we will get back as soon as possible. my@email.address.

All fields are required.

Please make sure all fields are completed.

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please enter a valid e-mail address

Please enter a valid Phone Number

Ask your question to our analysts