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Supreme Court Grants Cert. In Caraco

Today (June 27, 2010), the Supreme Court granted cert. in yet another patent appeal, Caraco Pharm. Labs., Ltd., v. Novo Nordisk, (Supreme Ct. 10-844). Earlier this month, I did an extensive post on the decision below, in which the Fed. Cir. denied Caraco’s counterclaim seeking to strike the broad “use code” that Novo had put on its drug, Prandin (U-968). Even though Caraco would market the generic for a narrower use, the broad use code effectively prevented Caraco from “carving out” the still-patented use(s) from its labeling, thus effectively keeping it off the market.

I took a chance by posting on this one because the Solicitor General’s office recommended review and there was a strong dissent below. However, when the appeal started getting some attention in the press – though the issues were often mischaracterized – it began to look more likely that cert. would be granted. I am not so sure that the Fed. Cir.’s recent streak of affirmances will be left intact.

© 2021 Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume I, Number 179
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Warren Woessner, Registered Patent Attorney, Schwegman Lundberg Law firm
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Warren Woessner is a registered patent attorney and a founding shareholder of Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner. His practice focuses on chemical patent law, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical treatments, diagnostics, and biofuels and agricultural chemistry, including related opinion and licensing matters.

Warren received his B.A. in chemistry (1966) from Cornell University, his Ph.D. (organic chemistry, 1971) and his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 1981) from the University of Wisconsin...

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