Pfizer to Seek to Appeal Lipitor Enantiomer Patent Ruling in the Netherlands, Company Notes That Ruling Has No Commercial Impact
The decision has no commercial impact because Pfizer's basic patent covering Lipitor (EP 247,633) remains in force and expires in November 2011. Last week, the same court ruled that the basic patent would be infringed by Ranbaxy's proposed generic atorvastatin product. That decision, which is also subject to possible appeal, prevents Ranbaxy from launching a competitor drug before November 2011.
The company pointed out that today's ruling does not affect patent litigation involving Lipitor in other jurisdictions, including the United States. Pfizer said it will continue to vigorously defend its patents against infringement.
Vanessa Aristide, 212-733-3784
Posted: February 2008