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Hogan Lovells Achieves Victory for Eli Lilly in Patent Litigation

19 March 2012

LONDON, 19 March 2012 - Hogan Lovells has advised Eli Lilly in a patent litigation against failing generics company SAS Sandoz before the Court of Appeal of Paris, which confirmed a previous judgment which found that the French part of Eli Lilly's patent No. EP 0 577 303 (regarding a process for stereoselective glycosylation), shows inventive activity, is sufficiently disclosed and is consequently valid.

SAS Sandoz, which had already failed to make its case on first instance and had consequently been ordered to bear all of the counsels' costs of Eli Lilly, will therefore not be able to use the patented process, and is furthermore ordered to pay a record-high total of €504,000 in attorney's fees.

Eli Lilly was advised by Paris-based partner Dominique Ménard, working with senior associate Stanislas Roux-Vaillard and associate Loïc Lemercier.

Hogan Lovells was technically assisted by Thierry Caen, European Patent Attorney and partner at Cabinet Santarelli, and Léa-Marie Rougemont, Industrial Property Consultant.


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