NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS v. BRECKENRIDGE PHARM.

2017-2173 2017-2175 2017-2176 2017-2178 2017-2179 2017-2180 2017-2182 2017-2183 2017-2184.

909 F.3d 1355 (2018)

NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION, Novartis AG, Plaintiffs-Appellants v. BRECKENRIDGE PHARMACEUTICAL INC., Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., West-Ward Pharmaceuticals International Limited, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Decided: December 7, 2018.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

CHRISTINA A. L. SCHWARZ , Venable LLP, New York, NY, argued for plaintiffs-appellants. Also represented by NICHOLAS NICK KALLAS , LAURA KATHERINE FISHWICK , CHRISTOPHER EARL LOH .

WILLIAM M. JAY , Goodwin Procter LLP, Washington, DC, argued for all defendants-appellees. Defendant-appellee West-Ward Pharmaceuticals International Limited also represented by KEITH A. ZULLOW , STEVEN J. BERNSTEIN , NAOMI BIRBACH , MICHAEL B. COTTLER , New York, NY.

RACHEL C. HUGHEY , Merchant & Gould P.C., Minneapolis, MN, for defendant-appellee Breckenridge Pharmaceutical Inc. Also represented by CHRISTOPHER J. SORENSON ; B. JEFFERSON BOGGS, JR. , Alexandria, VA; Daniel Evans , Atlanta, GA.

DANIEL BROWN , Latham & Watkins LLP, New York, NY, for defendant-appellee Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. Also represented by BRENDA L. DANEK , MARC NATHAN ZUBICK , CHICAGO, IL; GABRIEL BELL , ROBERT J. GAJARSA , Washington, DC.

Before Prost, Chief Judge, Wallach and Chen, Circuit Judges.


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