Ranbaxy's Patent Litigations in the United States

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Case Code : ECON015 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1993-2005
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited
Industryy : Pharmaceutical
Countries : USA


The case focuses on Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited's patent litigations in the US. It elaborates on the factors that led to the company's global expansion, focusing specifically on the US market. The case discuses in detail Ranbaxy's approach to the US market and also discusses its initial successes. It also looks at the US pharmaceutical industry and the patent system in the US in detail. The Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984 and its significant impact on the generics pharma industry in the US are also explained. The case discusses the problems faced by the generics players in the US in the extremely competitive generics market and the effect of increasing patent litigation costs involved in challenging patent holders.

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It ends with a note on Ranbaxy's challenges in meeting its target of $ 2 billion for the year 2007..


Growth strategy of a pharmaceutical company in the international market

Benefits and downside of adopting of an inorganic growth strategy in an international market

Nature and scope of the US pharmaceutical industry

Legal and regulatory environment in the US

How patent litigations can be the strategy of choice of generics players for revenue growth

Impact of patent litigations on generics players as well as on patent holding companies


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Introduction 1
Background 2
The US Pharmaceutical Industry 3
Product Launches and Patent Litigations 5
Outlook 9
Exhibits 10


Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Pfizer, Lipitor, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Glaxo Wellcome, Patent Litigations, Drug Price Control Order, Indian Patent Act of 1970, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Generics, Patent and Trademark Office, Pharmaceutical Industry, Hatch-Waxman Act, Abbreviated New Drug Application, Paragraph IV (Para IV) certification, Eli Lilly, Cefaclor, Patent, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

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