Spanish Appellate Court Rules in Pfizer's Favor, Upholds Lipitor Patent
The patent was challenged jointly by generic companies Laboratorios Cinfa S.A., Kern Pharma S.L., Laboratorios Alter S.A. and Laboratorios Belmac S.A., and is one of four separate challenges to the enantiomer patent by generic companies in Spain. Lipitor is sold in Spain under the brand names Zarator and Cardyl. "This is a victory not only for Pfizer, but for all innovators pursuing high-risk medical discoveries and for the patients who benefit from those discoveries," said Pfizer Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel Peter C. Richardson. Cinfa, Kern, Alter and Belmac can seek to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Spain.
Vanessa Aristide, 212-733-3784
Posted: March 2008