Sanofi Files Suit in The U.S. To Defend Its Patent Rights
on Lantus® and Lantus® SoloStar®
Paris, France - January 30, 2014 - Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today that it filed a patent infringement suit against Eli Lilly and Company ( "Lilly") on January 30, 2014 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. In its suit Sanofi alleges infringement of four patents.
The suit was triggered by notifications received from Lilly beginning in mid-December, in which Lilly stated that it had filed a NDA (505(b)(2) New Drug Application) with FDA for an insulin glargine drug product. Lilly also stated that its NDA included a paragraph IV certification challenging six of the seven Sanofi patents listed in the FDA Orange Book for Sanofi's Lantus® and Lantus® SoloStar® products.
Lilly has also stated that it will not launch its product before the expiry of Sanofi's patent on the active ingredient in Lantus®, which is in force through February 12, 2015.
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