SAINT LAURENT, QUEBEC, Jan 4, 2011 (Marketwire via COMTEX) -- IntelGenx Corp. today announced that the United States District Court of Delaware has ruled in favor of IntelGenx regarding claim construction for the two patent terms at issue in the patent infringement action brought forward by Biovail Laboratories International SLR ("Biovail") under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act ("Hatch-Waxman Act"). The ruling arises from a special proceeding required under U.S. patent law called a "Markman Hearing" where both sides present to the court their arguments on how they believe the patent terms at issue should be interpreted.
"We are very pleased that the court has fully adopted our interpretation of the claim language at issue," commented Horst Zerbe, President and CEO of IntelGenx. "We have always steadfastly argued that CPI-300, our proprietary high-dose bupropion product, does not infringe on any properly-interpreted claims of the asserted patents, and now have a ruling that should allow us ultimately to obtain a ruling to that effect."
Dr. Zerbe added, "We believe CPI-300 would offer compliance and cost benefits to the U.S. consumer and we will move expeditiously to get it to market. To that end, we are in the final steps of accumulating the data necessary to address FDA's questions from the Complete Response Letter and submit our response to the Agency in the coming months."
On August 21, 2009 the Company announced that Biovail had filed a complaint with the District Court of Delaware for infringement on its U.S. Patent No. 6,096,341. The Markman Hearing was subsequently held on June 22, 2010.
CPI-300 is a novel, high strength formulation of Bupropion hydrochloride ("HCl"), the active ingredient in Wellbutrin XL(R). CPI-300 would be the only single pill, high strength, formulation of Bupropion hydrochloride on the market. At present, patients requiring a high dosage are prescribed multiples of the lower strengths of HCl tablets.
IntelGenx is a drug delivery company focused on the development of oral controlled-release products as well as novel rapidly disintegrating delivery systems. IntelGenx uses its unique multiple layer delivery system to provide zero-order release of active drugs in the gastrointestinal tract. IntelGenx has also developed novel delivery technologies for the rapid delivery of pharmaceutically active substances in the oral cavity based on its experience with rapidly disintegrating films. IntelGenx' research and development pipeline includes products for the treatment of pain, hypertension, erectile dysfunction and depressive disorders. More information is available about the company at www.intelgenx.com.