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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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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