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Warner Chilcott Announces New Information in USPTO Reexamination of TACLONEX Patent
Friday, July 25, 2008
St. David's, Bermuda -- Warner Chilcott Limited (Nasdaq: WCRX) announced today that LEO Pharma A/S ("LEO Pharma") has received a Right of Appeal Notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the "USPTO"). In September 2006, the USPTO ordered a reexamination of LEO Pharma's US Patent No. 6,753,013 (the "013 Patent") in response to a request made by Galderma R&D. The 013 Patent covers TACLONEX products and certain of LEO Pharma's products in development. Warner Chilcott markets and sells TACLONEX products in the United States under a license agreement with LEO Pharma and has license rights to certain products in development.
In the Right of Appeal Notice, the patent examiner allowed the specific formulation claim for TACLONEX ointment, but rejected the remaining pending claims in the reexamination of LEO Pharma's 013 Patent. LEO Pharma intends to vigorously defend the 013 Patent and will file an appeal with the USPTO.
While we can offer no assurance as to the ultimate outcome of the appeal of the reexamination proceedings, Warner Chilcott continues to believe that LEO Pharma will succeed in maintaining the important elements of the patent protection for TACLONEX products, particularly based on the timing, extent and quality of the development work conducted by LEO Pharma with vitamin D analogues in combination with corticosteroids.
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Warner Chilcott is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company currently focused on the women's healthcare and dermatology segments of the U.S. pharmaceuticals market. It is a fully integrated company with internal resources dedicated to the development, manufacturing and promotion of its products. Read more on http://www.warnerchilcott.com.
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