• Merck and Schering already sell a medicine, Vytorin, that combines Zetia with Merck's off-patent cholesterol medicine Zocor, once Lipitor's main rival.

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  • Merck (nyse: MRK - news - people ) and Schering (nyse: SGP - news - people ) already sell a medicine, Vytorin, that combines Zetia with Merck's off-patent cholesterol medicine Zocor, once Lipitor's main rival.

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  • But turning that patent into applied medicine—and profits—will require the input of investors and managers as well as researchers.

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  • Simply put, a brand-name drugmaker agrees to pay a settlement to a generic rival in exchange for ending patent litigation and launching a copycat medicine at a future date.

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  • Since antianxiety medicine BuSpar went off-patent in April, for instance, sales of the drug have dropped 54%.

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  • The goal: to create a drug that would prevent heart attacks and become a massive seller, potentially replacing Lipitor, the world's best-selling medicine, when it loses patent protection as early as 2010.

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  • Drugs, by contrast, are heavily reliant on patent protection to keep cheap, copycat generics at bay--and the patent clock starts ticking as soon as a medicine is invented.

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  • The news is a setback for Pfizer as it aims to build a large arsenal of anti-cancer medicines to help it grow earnings before big sellers like Lipitor, the top-selling medicine in the world, lose patent protection in coming years.

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  • The news is a setback for Pfizer (nyse: PFE - news - people ) as it aims to build a large arsenal of anti-cancer medicines to help it grow earnings before big sellers like Lipitor, the top-selling medicine in the world, lose patent protection in coming years.

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  • This meant building a team of anywhere from ten to fifty people to deal with all the complexities of the process: chemistry, biology, regulatory affairs, clinical medicine, finance, business development, patent strategy, etc.

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  • The drug giant's new patent for Viagra could start a trend that stifles innovative medicine.

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  • India's patent office rejected the company's patent application, arguing the drug was not a new medicine but an amended version of its earlier product.

    NPR: Drug Maker Novartis Loses India Patent Battle

  • The patent on a new drug starts running out the second the medicine is invented, and it can take many, many years to get these big clinical trials done.

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  • On Wednesday, ViiV Healthcare—a joint venture of GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Shionogi— announced it would grant a voluntary license to the Medicines Patent Pool to enable low-cost supply of a key pediatric HIV medicine in the 118 countries in which 98.7% of all HIV-positive children reside.

    WHITEHOUSE: Medicines Patent Pool and ViiV Healthcare Collaborate for Children with HIV | The White House

  • However, in a case first brought before the courts in 1996, Integra claims that Merck infringed its patent on peptides by using them more widely than merely to assist in securing approval for a new medicine.

    ECONOMIST: Seeking a cure for legal headaches | The

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