UCB Soars Most Since 2009 After US District Court Backs Epilepsy Drug Vimpat Patent

Published: Aug 15, 2016

U.S. District Court confirms validity of patent for UCB's Vimpat®

  • Delaware District Court rejects challenge to patent claims

Brussels (Belgium), 14 August 2016 – UCB announces today that the Delaware District Court confirmed the validity of U.S. patent RE38,551 related to Vimpat® (lacosamide), UCB’s anti-epileptic drug.

"We are pleased with Delaware Chief Judge Stark’s decision," said Anna S. Richo, Executive Vice President & General Counsel at UCB. "This confirms the strength of our intellectual property for Vimpat®."

This decision supports UCB’s commitment to epilepsy patients and UCB's ability to deliver Vimpat® to patients. The decision is currently under seal and will be released following an order from the court.

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About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 7 500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 3.9 billion in 2015. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

About Vimpat
Lacosamide (tradename Vimpat®) is approved as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy (ages = 17 years in the U.S., ages = 16 years in the EU) and in the U.S. also as monotherapy. In the EU, Lacosamide is not currently approved for use as monotherapy. Lacosamide is currently available in 47 countries.

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