Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd., et al. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al.

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd., et al. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al.

Fed. Cir. (2010)

Fitzpatrick Successfully Defends Blockbuster Drug Benicar® on Behalf of Client Daiichi Sankyo.

On September 9, 2010 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed Fitzpatrick’s major victory on behalf of client Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited against generic drug maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals in a Hatch-Waxman patent lawsuit concerning Daiichi Sankyo’s Benicar® family of high blood pressure medicines.

After a two-week trial, U.S District Judge William J. Martini in New Jersey had ruled that Mylan infringed the Daiichi Sankyo patent on olmesartan medoxomil, the active ingredient in Benicar®, rejecting Mylan’s defense that the patent was invalid for obviousness. On September 9, 2010, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s opinion, noting that the opinion was “comprehensive” and “well-reasoned.” The blockbuster drug had worldwide sales of more than $1 billion last year.

Daiichi Sankyo’s litigation team was led by Fitzpatrick partners Dominick Conde, Joshua Rothman, and Larry Scinto, and associates Lori Wolfe and Feng Xu. Fitzpatrick’s co-counsel on the case were Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and McCarter & English.