Lovenox Patent Infringement Suit Decided Against Sanofi-AventisPARIS, France – February 9, 2007 - Sanofi-aventis announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has ruled against sanofi-aventis in its patent infringement suit against Amphastar and Teva.
Sanofi-aventis is currently evaluating its options for further legal recourse and will continue to vigourously defend its intellectual property rights .
While several companies have requested marketing approval from the FDA for their products alleged to be generic versions of Lovenox®, sanofi-aventis has not learned to date of any FDA approval of these requests.
Sanofi-aventis is one of the world leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organisation, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic
diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
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Jean-Marc Podvin Sanjay Gupta
Posted: February 2007