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Merck to acquire Idenix for $3.85bn


Drug giant Merck is to acquire biopharmaceutical company Idenix for $24.50 per share, valuing the purchase at around $3.85 billion.

Actavis and Zydus settle Asacol patent dispute

Ireland, US10-06-2014

Irish-based drug manufacturer Actavis has settled its patent dispute with Zydus Pharmaceuticals.

Dechert hires life sciences partner in Frankfurt


Law firm Dechert LLP has appointed Rüdiger Herrmann as a partner in its Frankfurt office.

Ferumoxytol patent extended by USPTO


AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has had a US patent covering ferumoxytol extended.

Kite Pharma enters into licensing agreement with NIH


Kite Pharma, a biotech company, has entered into a licensing agreement with the US’s National Institute of Health that will give it the IP rights to T-cell therapies developed to treat cancer.

Pharma report calls for “wide debate” in Europe


Pharmaceutical professionals should have a “wide-ranging” debate on how IP can be tailored in the face of “major changes” to the industry, including the possibility of “prolonged exclusivity” for certain medicines, according to a report.

Pfizer and Mylan reach Celebrex agreement

US02-06-2014Legal developments

Pfizer and Mylan have agreed to settle litigation related to arthritis treatment Celebrex (celecoxib), Mylan announced today, June 2.

Turkish company causes row over ‘pharmacist’ trademark


A pharmaceutical company in Turkey has run into trouble after attempting to register the Turkish word for ‘pharmacist’ as a trademark.

EPO upholds Copaxone patent


Teva has successfully defended a patent for its multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) in Europe.

Genentech refused appeal in Herceptin case

UK27-05-2014Legal developments

Justice Colin Birss has refused Roche’s biotechnology subsidiary Genentech the permission to appeal against an English High Court decision in which two patents covering its blockbuster breast cancer drug, Herceptin (trastuzumab), were revoked.

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