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Johnson & Johnson named top pharmaceutical company for social media


Johnson & Johnson has been named the most effective pharmaceutical company on social media, in a new report.

India considers more compulsory licences


A government-appointed panel in India is preparing to evaluate more patented drugs for local generic pharmaceutical companies to mimic, according to reports.

Novo Nordisk leaves alliance over PR campaign

South Africa23-01-2014

Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has left a group of pharmaceutical companies that are unhappy with proposed drug laws in South Africa.

Teva acquires migraine patch maker NuPathe

Israel23-01-2014Mergers & acquisitions

Teva has agreed to acquire pharmaceutical company NuPathe for $144 million.

US Supreme Court reverses Medtronic ruling


The US Supreme Court has ruled that when licensees seek a declaratory judgement of non-infringement, the patentee bears the burden of proof to show infringement.

Actavis survives challenge to birth control pill

US21-01-2014Legal developments

On January 17, Actavis confirmed that the US District Court for the District of New Jersey found its US patent 7,704,984, which covers Lo Loestrin Fe birth control pills, to be valid and infringed by Lupin and Amneal.

Federal Circuit rules against USPTO on Patent Term Adjustment case


The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a ruling which found that the US Patent and Trademark Office had been incorrectly calculating Patent Term Adjustment lengths.

Aurobindo to acquire Actavis’s European generic units

EU, India20-01-2014Mergers & acquisitions

Aurobindo’s European subsidiary is set to acquire Actavis’s commercial generic operations in seven Western European markets in a deal worth about €30 million ($40 million).

South African PR efforts spark drug controversy

South Africa17-01-2014

South African drug companies have been accused by advocacy organisations of planning a "deceptive" campaign to delay new laws which could see the introduction of more generic medicines.

HGF Limited adds to London office


UK IP firm HGF Limited has appointed Stephanie Loeffler as a partner in its London office.

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