FRAZER, Pa., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cephalon, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEPH) announced that today the United States District Court in Delaware upheld the validity of Cephalon's U.S. Patent Number 6,264,981 patent and found that Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s proposed generic version of FENTORA® (fentanyl buccal tablet) infringes that patent. The Court also denied Watson's motion to vacate a previously entered injunction preventing Watson from marketing its product.
"We are pleased with the court's ruling upholding the validity of our patent, as well as its finding that Watson's product infringes that patent," said Jerry Pappert, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Cephalon.
This decision pertained to patent litigation brought by Cephalon and its wholly-owned subsidiary CIMA Labs, Inc., against Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its wholly-owned subsidiary Watson Laboratories, Inc., regarding Cephalon's FENTORA product.
FENTORA was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2006.
About Cephalon, Inc.
Cephalon is a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and bringing to market medications to improve the quality of life of individuals around the world. Since its inception in 1987, Cephalon has brought first-in-class and best-in-class medicines to patients in several therapeutic areas. Cephalon has the distinction of being one of the world's fastest-growing biopharmaceutical companies, now among the Fortune 1000 and a member of the S&P 500 Index, employing approximately 4,000 people worldwide. The company sells numerous branded and generic products around the world. In total, Cephalon sells more than 150 products in nearly 100 countries. More information on Cephalon and its products is available at http://www.cephalon.com/
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