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News Summary: Novartis loses India patent lawsuit

The Associated Press

THE RULING: India's Supreme Court rejected Novartis AG's attempt to patent an updated version of a cancer drug in a landmark decision that health activists say ensures poor patients worldwide will get continued access to cheap versions of lifesaving medicines.

THE ARGUMENT: The Swiss drugmaker had argued that it needed a patent to protect its investment in the cancer drug Glivec, while activists said the drug did not merit intellectual property protection in India because it was not a new medicine.

THE FALLOUT: In response to the ruling, Novartis said it would not invest in drug research in India.