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Novartis Suffers Setback As Indian Patent Appeals Board Strikes Down Glivec Patent

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

MUMBAI - Hopes for Novartis to obtain a product patent for its chronic myeloid leukemia drug Gleevec (imatinib) were dashed after India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board ruled that Novartis' patent application covering the medicine's beta-crystalline version is not patentable because it failed to satisfy the requirements under Section 3(d) of the India Patents Act

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