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Gemzar "Double-Patenting" Case Has Broad Implications For Industry Pipeline

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Eli Lilly & Co. has the backing of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in its effort to get an appeals court to reverse its ruling that the company’s Gemzar (gemcitabine) patent is invalid.

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