30th January, 2014: The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) set aside the Patent Controller’s decision to revoke the patent relating to valganciclovir on technical grounds and remanded it to the Controller for re-consideration. In a significant development for patient groups, the IPAB rejected the demand of the patentee, Hoffman La Roche, to restore the patent…

Recently, several multinational pharmaceutical companies along with the US Chamber of Commerce have been instrumental in mounting pressure on India to decry the alleged state of Intellectual Property (IP) regime in India. On June 27, 2013 a hearing, ‘A tangle of trade barriers’ before the US Energy and Commerce Committee saw witness testimonies including that…

While patients groups around the world have expressed joy over the Novartis decision of the Supreme Court of India, western Multi National Companies (MNCs) and their governments have expressed extreme displeasure over it. Some in the US have even urged their Administration to take India to the Dispute Panel under the WTO, as according to…

Vol – XLVIII No. 32, August 10, 2013 | Anand Grover A detailed account of the examination of Section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act in the Supreme Court’s judgment on Novartis’s patent application for Glivec. Anand Grover (anandgrover@gmail.com) is a Senior Advocate practising in the Supreme Court and the Director of the Lawyers Collective. He and…

The Supreme Court judgment on Glivec is a blow for a patent regime with a higher threshold of inventiveness On April 1, 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the Intellectual Property Appellate Board’s decision to deny patent protection to Novartis’s application covering a beta crystalline form of imatinib —the medicine Novartis brands as Glivec, and which…

Will India, the world’s biggest provider of low-cost generic medicines, be the pariah or the pioneer of the pharmaceutical world? There is renewed focus on this thorny question in the wake of India’s Supreme Court’s dismissal of Swiss pharma giant Novartis AG’s appeal for a patent for its cancer drug imatinib marketed as Glivec (Gleevec…

India’s Supreme Court says drug maker Novartis can’t hold onto its patent for the pricey cancer drug Gleevec simply by tweaking its chemical formula. That means generic drug makers can keep making a form of the drug at a tenth of Novartis’s price. Consumer advocates call it a major advance for access to generic drugs….

Attack on affordable medicines continues in EU-India trade negotiations Health groups rally in Delhi as protests spread across the developing world  10 April, 2013, New Delhi­- Thousands of people living with HIV, cancer patient groups & public health activists rallied on the streets of Delhi today calling on the Indian government to reject the EU’s…

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