Genentech and Biogen Idec Refused a Re-hearing of U.S. Court of Appeals
Decision in the Arzerra Patent Infringement Case
*Genentech and Biogen Idec refused re-hearing in Arzerra patent
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genmab A/S
(Copenhagen:GEN) announced today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit has declined the request for re-hearing. The court upheld its
judgment in favor of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in the patent infringement case
involving Arzerra(r) brought against GSK by Genentech and Biogen Idec.
The lawsuit is now over unless Genentech and Biogen Idec are granted further
review by the Supreme Court.
Genentech and Biogen Idec originally filed the lawsuit in 2010 in the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of California claiming that Arzerra
infringed U.S. Patent No. 7,682,612 covering methods of treating Chronic
Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) with CD20 antibodies. GSK denied infringement and
claimed the patent was invalid and unenforceable. An initial judgement by the
court in favor of GSK in December 2011 was subsequently appealed by Genentech
and Biogen Idec. In April 2013 the US court of appeals upheld the original
decision by the US district court in favor of GSK. In May 2013, Genentech and
Biogen Idec filed a request for re-hearing en banc (i.e. before all judges of
the court) of the decision from the US court of appeals stating that it was
against court precedent.
Arzerra is being developed under a co-development and commercialization
agreement between Genmab and GlaxoSmithKline.
About Genmab A/S
Genmab is a publicly traded, international biotechnology company specializing
in the creation and development of differentiated human antibody therapeutics
for the treatment of cancer. Founded in 1999, the company's first marketed
antibody, ofatumumab (Arzerra^(r)), was approved to treat chronic lymphocytic
leukemia in patients who are refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab after
less than eight years in development. Genmab's validated and next generation
antibody technologies are expected to provide a steady stream of future
product candidates. Partnering of innovative product candidates and
technologies is a key focus of Genmab's strategy and the company has alliances
with top tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more
information visit www.genmab.com.
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